Boom Supersonic, the company hoping to build the world’s fastest airliner, will put sustainability at the heart of its Overture design, insists founder and CEO Blake Scholl.
Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, he said it was important that people could continue to travel by air despite environmental concerns.
“We want to enable more travel, and how do we do that? We have to completely remove the barrier of sustainability for travel, so we challenge ourselves to go to a net zero design,” he said.
“How do we do it? By building support around 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel. That allows the aeroplane to fly not just faster but at net zero carbon and lower non-CO2 emissions.”
Last week, Boom announced at Climate Week NYC that it had signed a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offtake agreement with AIR COMPANY, which creates carbon-negative products from CO2.
As part of the agreement, Boom will purchase up to 5 million gallons of AIRMADE SAF on an annual basis over the duration of the Overture flight test programme, advancing the company’s net zero commitments.
Commenting on the design of the aircraft, Scholl added: “The engineering designs that we have been looking at publicly … are actually five year old engineering. And since then we have been iteintiat. 26 million core hours of similaution, over 50 major design iterations on the aeroplane.
“We are looking to be fast, but also safe, quiet, sustainable. Everything that we have learned has now got us ready for production Overture design, which is a beautifully refined machine.”