Boom Supersonic and Rolls-Royce part ways on engineering development. Concorde spiritual hier Boom Supersonic clarified it no longer will be working with its British partner Rolls Royce on the engine development for its aircraft.
Rolls-Royce’s legacy business model is not the best option for Overture’s future airline operators or passengers and made it clear that they wanted to work with a company that would “incorporate next-generation technology, lower lifetime costs and provide increased fuel efficiency gains.”
Concorde had always been a limited success because of its cost and fuel consumption. Flying wise, Concorde is clearly superior to modern subsonic jets in terms of speed.
Why did Rolls-Royce turn its back on supersonic aviation?
Boom states that the company severed ties with Rolls Royce, but AIN suggests that commercial aviation is no longer the focus for Rolls Royce.
Rolls-Royce told AIN Online in a statement that “We’ve completed our contract with Boom and delivered various engineering studies for their Overture supersonic program.” Rolls-Royce has finished their contract with Boom, and won’t pursue other work on the program. In 2020, Rolls Royce announced plans to work with Overture in order to bring supersonic flights to the masses. However, it is possible that there are concerns about fuel usage. In 2021, Boom Supersonic signed an initial agreement with United Airlines for 15 airliners. Testing will begin in 2026 and the first commercial flight is anticipated by 2029.
Boom claims that it will be able to fly passengers from New York to London in 3 hours, using sustainable aviation fuels that halves traditional speed. They also claim that their new model is more quiet and efficient.