English business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, Sir Richard Branson, proves to be an innovator with the launch of his brand’s first ever 40-seat supersonic jet. The jet’s prototype (codenamed: Baby Boom) was initially unveiled during an exclusive event located at the Centennial Airport in Denver on November 2016.
With the joint collaboration of Boom Technology, Branson’s new supersonic jet is predicted to be the world’s fastest civil aircraft ever built. The jet is planned to be able to travel from London to New York in only 3.5 hours, while Baby Boom was shown at the event, the complete 40-seat version is set to be launched by 2020.
“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” states Branson in a release. “As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one. We’re excited to have an option on Boom’s first 10 airframes. Through Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions.”
In addition to the 40-seat supersonic jet, designated as XB-1, there is also the two passenger model outfitted with a 17-foot wingspan and is capable of reaching Mach 2.2, which is roughly 2.6 times faster than any other commercial jet made today. Though the prices for flights from London to New York have yet to be announced, Virgin Galactic estimates the overall payment for a roundtrip ticket will be approximately $5,000 per person, with test flights beginning sometime later this year.
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