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The transportation industry is a large part of what made globalization possible. This sector has been experiencing innovation and has been coming up with new methods of transport or it has been building upon existing options. The world has seen the evolution from horses to cars to trains to airplanes. Airplanes are about to get revitalized . . . planes that are faster than the speed of sound are making a comeback. Supersonic planes are back. Supersonic planes have previously operated but were stopped due to their high costs, large environmental impact, and one devastating crash (Air France Flight 4590). These planes were capable of carrying their passengers to their destination in half the time a normal plane would take. As a result of such premium travel, round trip ticket prices were $12,000 and required 4x the amount of fuel per passenger than the standard 747 airbus. Denver based company, Boom Supersonic, is planning to reinvent and be better than their Concorde predecessors. With sponsorships and partners, this may be possible for the company. They have reputable investors like Richard Branson from Virgin who has pledged to purchase the first 10 airplanes and has agreed to help with flight tests. Japan Airlines is also interested in Boom Supersonic, dedicating $10 million for 20 of the planes. With both Branson and Japan Airline as reputable investors and future customers, Boom Supersonic is aiming to build a cheaper version of the previous supersonic planes. The cheaper construction costs will also aid in the ticketing prices. With the lowered construction cost, Boom Supersonic is looking to price airfares for supersonic flights close to business class fares on standard planes. These price cuts will let more people experience and fly supersonically, more affordable than their previous $12,000 round trip price tag. Boom Supersonic is aiming to have their planes in service by 2023. They’re trying to beat out competitors like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, using availability dates as an advantage. The company also boasts other benefits to flying on their jets. By flying at a higher altitude, passengers will have a smoother flight with less turbulence, same radiation exposure but with a shorter flight time, and less sitting time which decreases negative health problems like deep vein thrombosis. Their interior will also set them apart. Boom Supersonic is designing a modern and individualistic interior. Each passenger will have their own window, overhead compartment, and aisle access. The option for a lay-flat experience will be available for flights that are over 6 hours, providing the typical comfort that first-class passengers experience on longer flights. What does this mean for us? Supersonic flights will offer us more opportunities. Boom’s mission statement “is to remove the barriers to experiencing people, cultures, natural beauty, and opportunities-- everything Earth has to offer. Supersonic flight removes a critical barrier to new business relationships, new cultural experiences, and more time with loved ones.” We’ll have access to these supersonic flights soon enough and this may start a new trend. Supersonic flights may be as common as the standard 747. This innovation will allow us to further globalize and reach our destinations in half the time. https://boomsupersonic.com/faq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/05/new-concorde-commercial-flight-startup-gets-10m-japan-airlines/ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/05/the-new-concorde-jal-buys-into-bransons-supersonic-dream https://futurism.com/supersonic-flight-atlantic-half-time/