Boom Supersonic is to break ground on a brand new, purpose-built production site at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina later this year.
The firm describes the planned Overture Superfactory as a “state-of-the-art manufacturing facility” which will comprise the final assembly line, test facility and customer delivery centre as part of a 400,000sq ft plant constructed on a 65-acre campus.
Boom expects the facility will bring more than 1,750 jobs to North Carolina by 2030, expanding to a total of more than 2,400 jobs within ten years. Additionally, North Carolina economists estimate that the Overture Superfactory could grow the state’s economy by at least $32.3 billion over 20 years.
The company has also pledged to create 200 internships through 2032 for students who attend publicly funded North Carolina universities, community colleges, or technical schools.
Explaining the decision, the firm detailed: “North Carolina offers Boom an optimal location for its manufacturing facility thanks to its strong aerospace workforce, which includes a large number of U.S. military veterans. North Carolina also affords good access to technical schools, providing Boom with a pipeline of skilled labour. The Piedmont Triad area is in close proximity to many tier-one aerospace suppliers, benefitting Boom as Overture production ramps. Additionally, the close proximity to the eastern seaboard facilitates supersonic flight testing over the Atlantic Ocean.”
Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic: “Selecting the site for Overture manufacturing is a significant step forward in bringing sustainable supersonic air travel to passengers and airlines. 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 Governor Roy Cooper added: "It is both poetic and logical that Boom Supersonic would choose the state that’s first in flight for its first manufacturing plant. Like the success of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, this innovative company will succeed by transforming passenger air travel with speed and sustainable energy.”
The in-development Overture supersonic airliner is designed to accommodate between 65 and 88 passengers and specifications state it will be able to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel at twice the speed of today's fastest passenger jets.
Overture production is scheduled to begin in 2024, with the maiden example due to be rolled out the following year before making its first flight in 2026. Service entry is anticipated to take place before the end of the decade, with the company having already notched up deals worth $14bn including commitments from United Airlines and Japan Airlines. Boom is also partnering with the United States Air Force to develop potential variants for government use.