26 Apr 2017 AT 10:44 AM

Dubai to London in just over 4 hours with new supersonic jet

It will cost the same as a Business Class flight
26 Apr 2017 AT 10:44 AM
Boom, Supersonic, Jet, Flight, Transport, Dubai Future Foundation
Boom, Supersonic, Jet, Flight, Transport, Dubai Future Foundation

Travel is a hot topic right now. It seems that companies are on a race to create the most innovative new form of transport that will make our lives easier, and we’re not complaining. US-based Boom Technology are the latest firm to prick our ears.

Boom claims that it will cut the flight time from Dubai to London to just four hours and 32 minutes. Or Abu Dhabi to Sydney in just eight hours.

The first test flight from XB-1 (also known as “baby boom”) will take place next year.

“Today, it takes 7:50 hours to fly from Dubai to London, or takes 14 hours if you fly from Abu Dhabi to Sydney. Boom will reduce the time to 4:32 hours and 8 hours, respectively,” company founder and chief executive Blake Scholl said at Dubai Future Foundation on Tuesday.

The plane will fly at a speed of 1,451mph, making it 10 per cent faster than Concorde and 2.6 times faster than current jetliners.

Speaking to Arabian Business, Scholl explained why the UAE is well placed as a destination for supersonic flights: “If you fly from [the UAE] to New York or here to Sydney you are over water most of the time. And so it’s a great place to connect supersonic traffic even more so than sub-sonic.”

The plane is a joint project between Virgin Galactic and Denver-based US firm Boom Technology. Previously Branson said: "I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights. As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic's decision to work with Boom was an easy one. We're excited to have an option on Boom's first 10 airframes.”

We know what you’re thinking – sounds great, but sounds expensive. According to Scholl the price for a ticket on the 55-seater jet will be similar to the cost of a Business Class ticket on a commercial airline.

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