Virgin new Concorde jet to fly from Sydney to Los Angeles in 7 hours Latest News

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Virgin new Concorde jet to fly from Sydney to Los Angeles in 7 hours Latest News

Virgin Airlines has backed designs for a Concorde-style supersonic jet capable of travelling from Sydney to Los Angeles in around seven hours.

NASA and Lockheed Martin are leading the race to build a super speed commercial jet capable of breaking the 767mph sound barrier.

The US space agency has conducted a series of tests as part of its £289million ($390million) Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) project.

But Virgin Airlines’ owner Richard Branson is also funding the development of a supersonic jet in his quest to dominate the skies of the future.


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BATTLE FOR THE SKIES: Virgin has backed a supersonic jet with a top speed of 1677mph

With an estimated top speed of 1677mph, the Boom XB-1 aims to dramatically slash travel times over popular routes.

Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti believes that supersonic jets could be ferrying passengers long distances within the next decade.

Speaking at the Safeskies conference in Canberra, Australia, Mr Borghetti said the time has almost come for high speed air travel to take off.

The airline is focusing on “how fast” the aircraft can fly as opposed to “how far”, he said.


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RAPID: The supersonic jet will be able to fly from Sydney to Los Angeles in around seven hours


“In the next 10 years we will see supersonic jets safely and sustainably flying commercial passengers.”


Virgin Australia boss John Borghetti

He added: “It is entirely reasonable to believe that in the next 10 years we will see supersonic jets safely and sustainably flying commercial passengers.”

Mr Borghetti said a supersonic demonstrator will begin passenger flights in 2020 and are not “a far-off dream”.

Boom, the US-based firm behind the jet, said a supersonic flight from Los Angeles to Sydney is expected to cost around £2,662 ($3,500) each way.

A flight from New York to London will take just three hours and cost around £1,900 ($2,500) each way, it said.


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SPEEDY: The Concorde was able to travel between New York and London in less than 3.5 hours

Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl said Boom will succeed where the original Concorde failed.

He said: “Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds,” Scholl says.

“I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t want to get there in half the time, rather than have some free champagne.

“It won’t be a bucket-list purchase any more. There is a huge market and the margins are enormous.”

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