Japan Airlines wants to see a world where Tokyo and the West Coast of the United States are separated by just five and a half hours at supersonic speeds.
Japan Airlines (JAPSY), or JAL, has invested $10 million into Boom Technologies, a Denver-based startup that wants to revive supersonic air travel by the middle of the next decade.
The airliner Boom hopes to one day build would cruise at 1,450 mph — 2.2 times the speed of sound — and accommodate 45 to 55 passengers in business class seating. That’s about half as many as the now-retired Concorde.
As part of the investment in Boom, JAL also has options to purchase as many as 20 of the supersonic planes.
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JAL’s funding is a significant endorsement from a highly respected airline.
“This is about signaling to the …
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