Although it has been nearly two decades since the last flight of the Concorde SST, the islands have always been a part of supersonic flight plans. Starting not so long from now, United Airlines plans to re-travel by supersonic jet. And with those plans, the possibility of two-hour flights to Hawaii returns.
Did you know that traveling by supersonic plane to Hawaii is nothing new? Frankly, we didn’t remember it ourselves. To read the details.
Supersonic for business travel, premium leisure travel, and private flight replacement.
While early plans for supersonic plans certainly include New York to London, for example, Hawaii won’t be far from people’s minds. What is now called “leisure travel” is also one of the target audiences. It’s a fusion of both business and leisure travel, where you come to Honolulu, for example, for a meeting, and then turn it into an upscale vacation.
Boom Supersonic and Hawaii Centric United Airlines.
Boom Supersonic has just made its deal with United Airlines. “United will purchase 15 ‘Provided’ aircraft from Boom, once Overture meets United’s safety, operational and sustainability requirements, with an option for another 35 aircraft,” Boom said. The carbon-neutral aircraft is scheduled to carry passengers in 2029, and will fly 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
Boom is an American company (based in Colorado) to create a supersonic passenger aircraft with a speed of 1,300 mph, 65-88 passengers. It is planned to have a range of 4,250 nautical miles and will be ready to carry supersonic passengers in 2029.
Scott Kirby, United CEO, said, “Boom’s vision for the future of commercial aviation, combined with the industry’s most robust road network in the world, will give business and leisure travelers access to a great flying experience.” We also think the carrier will be able to develop a suitable venue for some of our Hawaii trips.
is this real?
We’ll say it’s likely. The company will lay the foundation stone for its huge manufacturing facilities this year. In addition, a prototype/prototype of the Boom XB-1 was introduced in 2020, and a carbon-neutral flight test program is currently underway. This is not to say that there are no major hurdles still facing this development, as it is.
Possible routes and fares for supersonic planes to and from Hawaii.
West Coast markets to Honolulu and Maui include the Bay Area (San Francisco or Oakland) and Los Angeles (2.25 hours). International destinations may include Sydney, Australia (4 hours) and Tokyo, Japan (3 hours). Domestic flights other than over water will not occur due to the sonic boom, which is said to be lower in the Boom, but it will still be an issue.
As for ticket prices, we can’t say what fares would be on offer planes, but we expect them to be somewhat higher than the typical first class fares that visitors to Hawaii pay now.
The schedule of supersonic aircraft.
The first carbon-neutral, supersonic Boom Overture aircraft, is scheduled for completion in 2025. Subsonic test flights will begin at Piedmont Triad International Airport from 2026. This aircraft is the first aircraft developed to operate exclusively on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
Did you know that supersonic air travel to Hawaii isn’t new.
Supersonic travel in Hawaii had been planned, tested and piloted. In 1987, a charter airline planned to bring supersonic flights to Hawaii. From Oakland to Honolulu in just over two hours was the plan, which was touted at a news conference attended by officials.
In fact, Air France flew a series of five Concorde charter flights to test the concept, which will cut flight time to Hawaii from five to six hours to more than half. Those flights operated at 1,400 mph, Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound, which was reached within 20 minutes in the air. While flying in supersonic at an altitude of about 60 kilometers, passengers could also enjoy seeing the curvature of the Earth.
Other Concorde charters included landing in Hawaii on a hypersonic round-the-world flight. Kona on the Big Island was the stop. It was flown in by a tour operator, who used Hawaii as the first stop on the RTW’s 24-day trip. This happened, we believe, on six occasions. The next stop after Hawaii was Nadi, Fiji.
Tour operator, Robert Ford, said, “We wanted a relaxing first stop, where passengers could really relax. Kona worked beautifully.” Ken Johnston of Hawaii Tourism said at the time that the supersonic flight to Kona was thanks to the Big Island.