Supersonic Passenger Jet Edges Closer to Reality
WSJ Article used was written by Andy Pasztor
Honeywell International Inc., a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies that address world challenges regarding energy, safety, security, and global urbanization, has agreed to supply avionics for a proposed supersonic jetliner. This supersonic jetliner is a three-engine aircraft, with “fewer than four dozen seats,” and is intended to carry “premium passengers” and cut transcontinental travel times in half.
On Tuesday, a one-third- scale flying prototype, called Baby Boom, will be unveiled. According to Pasztor, "if development goes as planned, the full-size version, including cockpit systems from Honeywell and engines manufactured by General Electric Co., could start carrying passengers early in the next decade."
“Rolling out the prototype highlights the company’s novel strategy,” Blake Scholl, the company’s chief executive said. “We are much closer to flight than anyone else.”
The project could cost more than $1 billion, and the jetliner is designed to fly “twice as fast as today’s most-advanced airliners.”
Even though other companies with more funding are pursuing business jets with similar goals, Mr. Scholl said “Boom is the only major project envisioning passengers, without access to corporate jets, paying fares comparable to today’s first-class tickets for a supersonic experience.”
This is a major advantage for the jetliner XB-1. People and companies already pay first-class ticket prices for trips, so it’s doubtful that they would refuse to pay for a jetliner that “would allow passengers to fly from the West Coast to Singapore, for example, have a full day of meetings there, and return home on a red-eye flight. The entire trip would take slightly more than 24 hours [rather than] three days.”