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Greensboro picked for supersonic airliner factory

27 Jan An airport in the US state of North Carolina is to be the site of the first factory for Boom Supersonic’s new airliner.

Boom Supersonic has selected the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro as the site of the first full-scale manufacturing facility for its supersonic airliner.

The Overture Superfactory will include the final assembly line, test facility and customer delivery centre for the Overture supersonic airliner. Overture, which will carry 65 to 88 passengers, is capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at twice the speed of today's fastest passenger jets.

The Overture Superfactory will be approximately 400,000 square feet and constructed on a 65-acre campus at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

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“Selecting the site for Overture manufacturing is a significant step forward in bringing sustainable supersonic air travel to passengers and airlines,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. “With some of the country’s best and brightest aviation talent, key suppliers, and the state of North Carolina’s continued support, Boom is confident that Greensboro will emerge as the world’s supersonic manufacturing hub.”

North Carolina was found by Boom to be an optimal location for its manufacturing facility thanks to its aerospace workforce, which includes a large number of US military veterans. North Carolina also affords good access to technical schools. The Piedmont Triad area is also in close proximity to many tier-one aerospace suppliers. In addition, proximity to the eastern seaboard facilitates supersonic flight testing over the Atlantic Ocean.

Boom expects to break ground later this year on the Overture Superfactory and to begin production in 2024. The first Overture aircraft is slated to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026, and carry its first passengers by 2029. Commercial interest in Overture, including orders and options, totals US$14bn (£10.4bn) from United Airlines and Japan Airlines. Boom is also working with the United States Air Force on government applications of the aircraft.

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