Boom Supersonic, a Denver, CO based company, states that Overture will be the most community- and environmentally-friendly supersonic jet ever made. Advanced aerodynamics and engines will create a carbon footprint like flying international business class today. Overture is being designed to accommodate next-generation sustainable alternative fuels as well. According to Boom, at landing and takeoff, Overture will be as quiet as the subsonic aircraft flying similar routes today.

“Our interest in Boom is driven by its vision to enable greater human connection and more empathetic natural and cultural experience through ecologically conscientious design. Boom has the leadership, values, and potential to accelerate many advances—lightweight carbon composites and greener fuels— that will reduce the climate impacts of aviation,” said Andy Karsner, Managing Partner at Emerson Collective, the leading investor, and leader of Elemental, Emerson’s energy and environmental affiliate. “We’re thrilled to partner with a company that’s committed to revolutionizing travel responsibly.”

Boom is currently assembling XB-1, a ⅓-scale manned prototype of its Mach-2.2 airliner, set to fly later this year. As history’s first independently developed supersonic jet and the fastest civil aircraft ever built, XB-1 will demonstrate the key technologies for mainstream supersonic flight: efficient aerodynamics, advanced composite materials, and an efficient propulsion system.

Future customers include Virgin Group and Japan Airlines, which have pre-ordered a combined 30 Overture airliners.