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JAL invests heavily in supersonic Boom

JAL invests heavily in supersonic Boom

But the promise of supersonic offers what Japan Airlines and at least several others could consider a more valuable luxury: travelers' time. By relying on non-afterburning engines, composite structures and existing technology, the Boom airliner will be created to operate at a quarter of the costs of Concorde. Japan Airlines made headlines this week for their plan to purchase up to 20 of the aircraft. The Concorde, flown by British Airways and Air France at twice the speed of sound, retired in 2003 after nearly three decades in service as customers abandoned the jets amid declining economies and maintenance costs to keep them flying soared.

"We are very proud to be working with Boom on the possible advancement in the commercial aviation industry", JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki said.

"Think about for a moment the families that are separated because of the long flights".

Virgin entered into a $2 billion partnership with Boom past year, and at least five airlines have signed on to purchase a total of 76 supersonic jets.

The iconic plane flew regularly between Europe and NY for 27 years but was withdrawn from service because of high costs.

Including JAL's investment, Boom has now raised a total of $51 million, according to Scholl, and he suggested more funds are in the pipeline. The two companies will cooperate closely to realize faster and more convenient air travel. The Concorde had a maximum speed just over twice the speed of sound and could seat more than 100 passengers, but rising maintenance costs and a decline in passengers following a deadly post-takeoff crash in Paris in July 2000 forced its retirement.

Plane makers covet the backing of large and established airlines.

Boom Supersonic's hangar is located at Centennia Airport in Colorado. Supersonic flight is banned over Europe and the United States.

Multiple engine companies have formed teams to respond to Boom's request for proposals, Scholl says.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced a strategic partnership with Boom Supersonic, a company developing a new-generation supersonic passenger aircraft. A flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong could be cut from roughly five hours to around two hours, offering airlines a supersonic shuttle between two of the world's biggest financial centers.

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