United Airlines Holdings Inc. announced it will buy 15 supersonic Overture airliners from Boom Supersonic in a bid to reduce travel time and emissions.

  • The deal includes the option to buy an additional 35 aircraft once the Overture meets safety, operating, and sustainability requirements.
  • Overture is expected to be rolled out in 2025, fly in 2026, and carry passengers by 2029. It will be the first zero-carbon large commercial aircraft.
  • The aircraft will fly at speeds of Mach 1.7 or twice the speed of the fastest airliners today, meaning travel time will be cut by nearly half.
  • Potential United routes include Newark to London in three and a half hours, Newark to Frankfurt in four hours, and San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours.
  • The aircraft’s key features include in-seat entertainment screens, ample personal space, and contactless technology.
  • Boom Founder and Chief Executive Officer Blake Scholl said the deal is the world’s first purchase for net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft.

UAL: Nasdaq is up 1.09% premarket.