Japan Airlines (JAL) and Boom Supersonic announced last week about their partnership to bring commercial supersonic travel service to passengers during the mid-2020s.
Boom has been developing a new-generation supersonic aircraft, which flies at Mach 2.2 (2.2 times the speed of the sound) and cuts flight times in half. It unveiled the completed design of the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator During the 2017 Paris Air Show. The demonstrator will fly with General Electric engines, Honeywell avionics, TenCate carbon fiber prepreg, and 3-D printed components from Stratasys. Boom has already explained on its website regarding number of advantages carbon fiber composites have over aluminum.
“Compared to aluminum, carbon composites can be manufactured efficiently in almost any shape, allowing us to implement the ideal aerodynamic design in a strong, lightweight structure,” says Boom. “Furthermore, composites handle the heat and stresses of supersonic flight better than aluminum.
JAL has made a strategic investment of $10 million in Boom and has the option to purchase up to 20 Boom aircraft through a pre-order arrangement.