Boom is Searching for Manufacturing Site for Mach 2.2 Airliner
Boom Supersonic, the Colorado company building a supersonic airliner, announced that it has selected Hoar Program Management (HPM) to lead its program to locate, plan, design, and build its first U.S. manufacturing facility.
In this facility, Boom will build a Mach-2.2 supersonic commercial airliner, dubbed Overture, that they hope will fly hundreds of transoceanic routes. “With business-class fares and travel speeds more than twice as fast as subsonic aircraft, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible,” a press release says. Boom is currently assembling XB-1, a Mach-2.2 supersonic demonstrator aircraft, to prove key technologies in-flight for safe, efficient supersonic travel. The data collected from XB-1 test flights will help the company refine the design of Overture.“As XB-1 continues to advance through the build stage, we’re excited to turn our attention to the development of Overture,” said Bill James, Boom’s senior vice president of operations. “Finding a partner that could lead us through this process was an important step, and HPM’s experience in the aerospace industry made them the top choice. We couldn’t be happier to partner with HPM to lead our site selection process.”Working in collaboration with Boom’s internal project team, HPM’s program management responsibilities include recruitment of all project team members and providers involved in planning, design, supplies and construction of the manufacturing facility. Site selection efforts are now underway for the Overture manufacturing site, which the company says will begin passenger service in the mid-2020s. Boom is employing an objective site selection process, evaluating all location factors that will influence operational success.Boom says it is growing quickly as it completes assembly of the XB-1 demonstrator and ramps up development of Overture. The company currently has a full-time team of 130 employees and anticipates doubling its staff over the next 12 months. To accommodate the assembly of XB-1 and development of Overture, Boom recently relocated to a large, state-of-the-art facility in Centennial, Colorado.