Rolls-Royce abandons the project of the highest plane

Rolls-Royce abandons the project of the highest plane


The engine manufacturer claimed the high-end commercial aircraft market was not a priority and abandoned the project

Boom Supersonic announced yesterday (7) that Rolls-Royce, responsible for developing the Overture supersonic aircraft engine, has abandoned the project.

The engine maker claimed that investment in the commercial aviation market is not the company’s priority at the moment. “We completed our contract with Boom and submitted several engineering studies for the Overture supersonic program”, according to Rolls-Royce, in a letter.

The initial forecast is that the first flight of the new plane will be in 2026, while the first commercial flight will be in 2029. Despite the economic possibility being a major obstacle for the project, due to the high operating costs, the two expected customers orders used of Overture units: American Airlines and United Airlines, with 20 and 15 planes, respectively, as AERO Magazine has already reported.

Despite the defeat, Boom Supersonic remains confident in the deadline. “The Overture remains on track in 2029, and we expect to announce our engine later this year.“, said the manufacturer.

The Overture is expected to be a commercial aircraft capable of flying at a speed of Mach 1.7 (2,100 km/h), almost twice the speed of the current commercial aircraft, capable of flying 4,250 nm (7,800 km). Medium-haul international flights, such as between the US east coast and Europe, can be made in just over 3:30 hours, compared to around seven hours on current flights.

Currently, the aircraft will have a capacity of up to 50 seats in business class, thus providing a premium service on routes with a high demand for business passengers. The choice of main configuration with limited seats seeks to meet the specific needs of the most demanding routes from frequent travelers, especially those doing business on different continents.

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