Boom Supersonic has begun construction of its so called ‘Superfactory’ which will house the production and assembly of the Overture aircraft.
Located at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, the 62-acre site will also be home to Overture’s test facility and customer delivery centre.
Overture is designed to run on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and carry 65 to 80 passengers, flying at speeds of Mach 1.7 – twice that of current commercial jets.
Boom currently expects to launch production of the aircraft in 2024, with rollout in 2026, first flight in 2027, and certification in 2029. The group said that it would employ more than 2,400 staff at the Superfactory by 2032.
Last summer Boom signed an agreement with American Airlines for the purchase of 20 Overture aircraft, on the condition that the group “must meet industry-standard operating, performance and safety requirements as well as American’s other customary conditions”.
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Deals have also been signed with fellow US carrier United, and Japan Airlines.
Commenting on the news Kathy Savitt, president of Boom Supersonic, said:
“Today’s groundbreaking for the Overture Superfactory represents a significant step forward in building sustainable and accessible supersonic travel for the world.
“This milestone is a shared one and we are deeply appreciative of the input, leadership, and support of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, local community, and the state of North Carolina.”