Japan Airlines and Boom partner for supersonic air travel

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Japan Airlines and Boom partner for supersonic air travel

Virgin entered into a $2 billion partnership with Boom a year ago, and at least five airlines have signed on to purchase a total of 76 supersonic jets.

"We are very proud to be working with Boom on the advancement in the commercial aviation industry", Japan Airlines president Yoshiharu Ueki said in a joint statement.

An artist's impression of the Boom Supersonic aircraft.

By the middle of the next decade, Boom aims to have an aircraft in service capable of traveling 2.2 times the speed of sound-nearly 1,700 miles per hour-and with 45 to 55 business class-style seats. After costs and noise complaints killed off that supersonic jet, GE, Lockheed Martin, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and startups including Boom are studying new designs and technology that could make supersonic flight a commercial reality.

The agreement has JAL collaborating with Boom Supersonic to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel, the airline said.

Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first global airline in Japan.

Shaving off considerable travel time won't come cheap though. Our seats will be at the same price as a normal business class or first class seat and you can fly from Dubai to London in four and a half hours.

The aircraft is expected to be in the use by mid 2020s and will have a range of 8,334 kilometers.

There are also options for 46 more aircraft from unidentified customers.

JAL has actually already been working with Boom for over a year, according to Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl, but this more clearly formalizes the relationship. "We're thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers", he added.

"Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any worldwide airline's fleet", Scholl said. So far, Boom has received 76 options from carriers around the world and there are three unnamed companies picking up the remaining unlisted 46 options. CNBC reported Boom's 45- to 55-seat jets will cost roughly $200 million each while a roundtrip business class ticket for a flight from London to NY would set passengers back about $5,000.

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