Fifty years after the birth of Concorde, a new US startup, Boom Supersonic, has pledged to bring back supersonic travel, in a speech at the Brooklands Aviation Museum just across the road from us in Weybridge.

Blake Scholl, the co-founder of Boom Supersonic, pledged his dream to bring supersonic air travel back to the consumer market in front of the fully-restored Concorde jet at the Brooklands Aviation and Motor Museum.

Many wonder why a revival of Concorde was not attempted, after it’s final flight in 2003, seeing as the technology was achieved all those years ago, so surely we have far improved technology today to achieve far safer supersonic travel?

Well the fact is that achieving supersonic travel is no longer the complex part; it is achieving supersonic travel that is cheap enough for a mass market to be able to afford it and ensuring that does it not produce vast levels of noise and air pollution.

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The company, which is backed by Richard Branson and Japan Airlines, aims to manufacture a prototype jet next year, as the company co-founder Scholl comments, “The story of Concorde is the story of a journey started but not completed — and we want to pick up on it,”

“Today… the world is more linked than it’s ever been before and the need for improved human connection has never been greater…At Boom, we are inspired at what was accomplished half a century ago,” he added, speaking in front of a former British Airways Concorde that flew for the first time in 1969.

“If we can’t continue where you left off, and build on that, then the shame is on us,” Scholl said, addressing himself to an audience that included retired Concorde staff.

“Our vision is to build a faster airplane that is accessible to more and more people, to anybody who flies.”

Boom Supersonic co-founder Blake Scholl in front of the prototype jet

Boom Supersonic co-founder Blake Scholl in front of the prototype jet

Boom Supersonic’s aircraft, dubbed Baby Boom, is expected, by the company, to fly for the first time next year and they are aiming for the jet to have a maximum flying range of 8,334 kilometers (5,167 miles) and fly at a speed of Mach 2.2 or 2,335 kilometers per hour. This will effectively cut journey times by half, but it will only be able to carry 55 passengers due to the necessary size of the jet, to avoid the thunderous sonic boom (when are plane breaks through the sound barrier).

The event coincided with the nearby Farnborough Airshow, where the proposal made it’s debut, and the company hopes to produce its new-generation jets in the mid-2020s or later, with the aim of slashing journey times by half.

This will mean it will take just 3:15h to get from London to New York, instead of 7 hours.

It will be just a 6:45h trip between Sydney and Los Angeles, instead of 15 hours.

And travelling between Tokyo and San Francisco will take just 5:30h, instead of 11 hours.

The company will charge between $2,000 and $4,000 for various flight lengths, meaning it remains similar to the cost of long-haul air travel in business or first class, but still remains beyond the reach of the majority of travellers in economy.

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The project is not without it’s sceptics however, with many air travel experts saying supersonic travel is not what consumers want at the moment.

“Supersonic is not what passengers or airlines want right now,” said Strategic Aero analyst Saj Ahmed, stressing that many travellers wanted cheap low-cost carriers instead.

Ahmed said supersonic jets were “very unattractive” because of high start-up development costs, considerations about noise pollution and high prices, as well as limited capacity.

Despite this, Boom Supersonic are joined by other startups aiming for a similar achievement. Aerion Supersonic and Spike Aerospace are two more companies designing similar jets and US aerospace giant Boeing are even attempting “hypersonic” air travel, which it hopes will enable an aircraft to fly at Mach 5 — or five times the speed of sound — when it arrives on the scene in 20 to 30 years.

Boeing Hypersonic travel

Boeing Hypersonic travel

For us here at Dakota, aviation is close to our hearts, considering we are just across the road from the Brooklands Aviation and Motor Museum which holds the only Concorde left in the country.

The announcement of supersonic air travel revival has spread around the globe, and for it be announced right on our doorstep in Weybrigde shows the pedigree of the surrounding area and it’s history.

Brooklands has already attracted major national and multinational companies including Sony Europe, Proctor & Gamble, Mercedes- Benz, JTI UK, Cameron Oil & Gas, Daikin, Experian, Royal Caribbean International, Samsung and Regus.

With an inspiring overall size of 39,461 square feet, our fantastic new office building, Dakota, has been designed to exceed expectations and will provide the ideal home for a modern office occupier.

With an easy train into London, and increasing numbers of routes created into the city, our location here is more connected to the capital than ever before. For more information get in contact with us to find out why Weybridge is the smartest move for your business.

Boom Supersonic

Boom Supersonic