NASA and Lockheed Martin are heading towards building a super high speed commercial jet that could perform better than Concorde.
Virgin Airlines’ owner Richard Branson is also funding the development of such a supersonic jet with the intention of capturing the skies in the future.
Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti expressed his belief that supersonic jets could be ferrying passengers long distances within the next decade.
Speaking at the Safeskies conference in Canberra, Australia, Mr Borghetti said the time has almost come that passengers would prefer speed to inflight comfort and entertainment.
Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl said, “Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds.”
If everything goes well, a Concorde-style supersonic jet, at a speed of 1677 mph, will travel from Sydney to Los Angeles in seven hours within the next decade at a cost of around $3,500 each way.