You Can Now Travel From New York To Istanbul In 4 Hours

Last Updated : Sep 4, 2023

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Yes, you've read that correctly. Soon, air travel as we know it will change forever!

Overture, the commercial supersonic aircraft, will allow its passengers to travel worldwide in half the time.

Let me paint a picture:

Let's say you have an important business meeting in Istanbul. Typically, a flight from New York to Istanbul would take around 9h. However, with Overture's supersonic aircraft, you'll reach your destination in just over 4h!

Now that's what I call speed.

What Is Overture?

Overture is the world's first commercial supersonic aircraft. The developer of this incredible aircraft is Boom Technology, an aviation start-up located in Colorado, USA.

According to Boom, Overture is the fastest and most sustainable supersonic airliner. It will average around 1304 mph (MACH 1.7) and allow passengers to travel internationally two times faster than a normal aircraft.

Overture enables you to experience more people, countries, and cultures in no time.

What Is The Travel Time Of Overture?

Speed is what Overture is all about. Faster speeds equal faster travel times.

As I previously mentioned, Overture will reach speeds of around 1304 mph. For those using the metric system, it's around 810 km/h. That's faster than the speed of sound. Talk about supersonic!

If these numbers mean nothing to you, let me put it in perspective:

    From New York to London: 3:30h instead of 6:30h

    From San Francisco to Tokyo: 6h instead of 10:15h

    From Madrid to Boston: 3:30h instead of 7:30h

    From Singapore to Dubai: 4h instead of 7h

    From Los Angeles to Seoul: 6:45h instead of 12:45h

    From Tokyo to Seattle: 4:30h instead of 8:30h

    From Paris to Montreal: 3:45h instead of 7:15h

    From Los Angeles to Sydney: 8:30h instead of 14:30h

Yes, this is the future of air travel!

What Will An Overture Flight Ticket Cost?

The airline will set the price of an Overture flight ticket. However, Boom is designing Overture so that airlines can charge a fee comparable to a business class ticket. Boom's vision is to provide the fastest flight at the lowest possible cost. So, if you regularly fly business class, supersonic is your new best friend.

What Will The Passenger Experience Be Like?

Overture has a capacity of 65 to 88 passengers per flight. Each passenger will have the ultimate business class experience. You'll enjoy space, comfort, as well as some other technological innovations (like wireless chargers and an entertainment screen).

What is more, is that you'll fly at an altitude of 60,000 ft. This means you'll be able to see the darkness of the space above and also the cloudy skies of the earth beneath you.

Boom states that the supersonic speeds of Overture will be unnoticeable for passengers. In fact, due to the high altitude, the Overture will fly above most of the turbulence. Less turbulence means a smoother flight. Furthermore, you won't feel anything in regards to Overture braking or breaching the sound barrier.

What Airline Will I Use When Flying With Overture?

Boom announced that United Airlines is the first airline to sign a purchase agreement for the new commercial supersonic airliner. Assuming the Overture aircraft meets all the requirements, United Airlines will initially purchase 15 Overture aircraft. These commercial aircraft will be the first of many to carry passengers across the globe at supersonic speeds.

When Will Overture Launch For Commercial Travel?

Since Overture is still in the development phase, commercial flights will only start as early as 2029.

Here is a brief overview of Overture Roadmap:

2022: The Overture Superfactory

In 2022 Boom will create the Overture Superfactory. It might sound like a super villain's lair, but it's actually where Overture's aviation workforce will assemble, build and test the Overture supersonic aircraft.

2025: Overture Roll Out

In 2025, Boom plans to roll out the first Overture aircraft. This will also be when Overture undergoes an extensive test and certification program. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Speed, safety, and sustainability are top priorities.

2029: Introducing Supersonic Commercial Flights

Boom plans to introduce supersonic flights to the public in 2029. If all goes well, we'll be sipping a cold beverage while enjoying supersonic speeds at a cruising altitude of 60,000 ft in no time.

I should mention that technology is developing at an exponential rate. Meaning we might fly supersonic in no time! With multiple investors and extraordinary engineers, fans are confident that Boom will launch its supersonic plane in the next few years.

Will you fly supersonic? And if so, where is your first destination?

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