Richard Branson’s New Jet Can Get You From London To New York In 3.5 Hours

The Virgin owner’s new airliner is faster than the Concorde.

Richard Branson's Jet
Branson's Jet The fastest commercial airliner ever. Image Boom Technology

Virgin owner Richard Branson is developing a new jet airliner which can travel at a staggering 1,451mph, and is able to travel from London to New York in 3.5 hours.

The XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, nicknamed the “baby boom”, is allegedly 10% quicker than the Concorde.

It’s also 2.6 times faster than current jetliners, which would make it the fastest commercial aircraft ever.

“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” Branson said.

Richard Branson's new jet
Richard Branson's new jet Image Boom Technology

“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.

He added: “Through Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, the Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions.”

The 40-seater XB-1 is a joint project between Sir Richard’s Virgin Galactic and US company Boom Technology, and will have its first test flight in California next year.

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