CNBC — United Airlines wants to turn the friendly skies into the superfast skies with the addition of 15 supersonic airplanes.
The airline company announced Thursday it’s buying the planes from Boom Supersonic, with the option to buy 35 more at some point.
Boom’s first commercial supersonic jet, the Overture, has not been built or certified yet. It is aiming to begin passenger service in 2029 with a plane that could fly at Mach 1.7 and cut some flight times in half. That means a flight from New York to London that typically lasts seven hours would only take 3 and a half hours.