Boom $5k return - 3.4 hours LHR/JFK

Old Mar 21, 16, 1:18 pm
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Boom $5k return - 3.4 hours LHR/JFK

Slightly off-topic but seeing this futuristic project is kind of a (beloved?) Concorde replacement on possibly the only viable route for this kind of value proposition.

(LAX-SYD and SFO-TYO or other routes they are proposing)

http://boom.aero/
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Old Mar 21, 16, 1:41 pm
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Only $5000 return, don't believe that.
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Agree, it would be nice, but I doubt they could do it for that price.
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Well, not as OT as you think if Boom are the aircraft manufacturer. They still need airlines like BA to order them.

I might be misunderstanding the proposition though - given they're saying this will be for 'business class prices'. It would suggest they'll be the airline too?

Just like Virgin Galactic, I won't hold my breath. Of course it would be great if it came to anything.
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...and not nearly as ugly as most of the other recent flights of fancy into SS territory.
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Good luck to them, they're going to need billions $
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Originally Posted by gingeola View Post
Good luck to them, they're going to need billions $
Ah, but in this brave new world regulation is for stuffy old companies that don't innovate like the new kids on the block. After all, what could possibly go wrong...

(I've seen this attitude in some financial services start-ups and there's a disturbing naivety about them)

How many 'bet the company' efforts have there been in aviation in recent years from Boeing (Dreamliner?), Airbus (A380?) and Bombardier (C-series?), Mitsubishi (MRJ?), Rolls Royce, etc.
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My prediction: they will change the name!

Boom? Really? That doesn't even work for 'sonic boom' (unless they eliminate it) especially once the complaints start pouring in.

Boom? Really?



Reminds of Phil Hendrie's "Plane Go Boom" bit.

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Old Mar 23, 16, 2:50 pm
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Originally Posted by gingeola View Post
Good luck to them, they're going to need billions $
http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/23/boo...l-with-virgin/

Not exactly the same but still interesting development

Boom is announcing today that Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has optioned ten planes, in a deal ultimately valued at about $2 billion dollars. Boom also says they’ve optioned 15 additional planes to a European carrier that it declined to name, bringing the total value of the optioned planes up to $5 billion.

Now, this doesn’t mean that Virgin has bought the planes — it’s a bit too early for that. They’ve signed a letter of intent, meaning that, having seen the nitty-gritty specs of the plane and the company’s plans for moving forward, they intend to buy 10 planes if everything comes together as planned.

But it also looks like Virgin is going to help make that happen: Boom founder Blake Scholl tells me that Virgin Galactic’s space division, The Spaceship Company, has committed to helping build and test the planes, including helping with the supersonic testing when the time comes.
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Looks like this thread could be a bit less OT than expected, if this Guardian quote means what I think it does:

"As well as partnering with Virgin, Scholl said he has also signed a letter of intent with an major London-based airline, which wants to buy $2bn worth of his jets."

http://www.theguardian.com/business/...business-class
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Just cant see it happening. Never mind that the numbers don't add up, and not even close, until someone finds a way of eradicating the sonic boom, there wont be any commercial supersonic flight. Shame.
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until someone finds a way of eradicating the sonic boom, there wont be any commercial supersonic flight. Shame.
Says you?
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Originally Posted by Chokkoubin View Post
Looks like this thread could be a bit less OT than expected, if this Guardian quote means what I think it does:

"As well as partnering with Virgin, Scholl said he has also signed a letter of intent with an major London-based airline, which wants to buy $2bn worth of his jets."

http://www.theguardian.com/business/...business-class
I read that too and very briefly wondered if it was BA. But there are so many reasons why BA wouldn't go for this kind of thing right now, in terms of commercial viability, risk, etc, I can't believe it's BA.

But if not BA (nor Virgin who are already mentioned), which other "major London-based airline" would it be?
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
Says you?
And some others...

http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-to...952125/?no-ist

However (it is a really cute video)...


More info

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Old Mar 24, 16, 2:15 pm
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But let's get real for a moment. The reason Concorde was grounded had pretty much nothing to do with sonic boom issues. Flying Europe-US east coast or US west coast-Asia gateways the sonic boom is a complete irrelevance, and that's where much of the money is.
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