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TOKYO/DENVER: November 05, 2017. Japan Airlines (JAL) has invested US$10 million and placed options for up to 20 Boom Supersonic aircraft as part of a strategic partnership with the manufacturer.

b supersnicBoom is developing a new generation supersonic aircraft that will fly at 1,450 mph (Mach 2.2) and would cut the flight time between Tokyo and Hong Kong from five hours to two by 2025.

"We've been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now," said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. "JAL's passionate, visionary team offers decades of practical knowledge and wisdom on everything from the passenger experience to technical operations."

Scholl added that JAL is the first airline in history to make a material financial commitment to a faster future. He said while Concorde had dozens of pre-orders , none had carried any financial commitment from either British Airways or Air France who were eventually given the aircraft by their respective gvernments.

"We are very proud to be working with Boom on the advancement in the commercial aviation industry," said JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki. "Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more time to our valued passengers while emphasizing flight safety,"

Scholl said his company also owes a debt of gratitude to Richard Branson and Virgin for being the first to support the company with options for 10 aircraft: "The future needs friends... pioneers who have the courage to stick their necks out, to take a stand, to support the new, the half-born, while uncertainty remains and failure is still possible."

Earlier this year the manufacturer welcomed an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization Bill that would eventually allow civil supersonic flight over the United States for the first time since 1973.

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