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Boom Supersonic

Boom Supersonic is a unicorn in the United States.  A unicorn is defined as a company that has a value, while not yet listed on a Stock Exchange, of $1 billion or more.  They are busy designing an aeroplane seating 65 people that will fly at twice the speed of current aeroplanes and be in operation as soon as 2024.  Their investors include Japan Airlines and Richard Branson’s company, Virgin Galactic.

I think news like this is always exciting, but it is particularly exciting for a country like South Africa which has so much to offer to tourists and where one of the biggest problems is how far away from the rest of the world we are.  I don’t think the average person thinks about how much effort it takes to visit South Africa compared for example for somebody living in New York to fly over to London or to Paris.  There is no doubt, as planes get faster in the years ahead, that South Africa will be one of the big winners in terms of tourism, offering as we do, not only our Game Reserves and resorts like Sun City, but the wine farms of the Cape and Cape Town itself.  These planes are carrying a smaller number of passengers cutting the time to travel to SA by more than half, will certainly help with encouraging more high-end tourists to SA.  At the moment, for example somebody flying from Atlanta in America would have to fly for 17 hours before landing in Johannesburg and then there is another 2 hour flight to Cape Town – not to mention the flight getting to Atlanta in the first place.  Cutting that in half would make a dramatic difference.  Some countries like the UK are obviously closer to us and that is probably why we see a lot more tourists from the UK and France.

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Chante  said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 09:51 AM
It would definitely encourage tourist to visit SA more often and easily do so. If flights become shorter that would of course be beneficial to those travelling to other countries.

Kayla  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 08:52 AM
It would be so nice that the travel time is cut shorter. I think that will make it more exciting when you travel as you dont have to wait as long to get to your destination.

Helen  said:
on Monday 07-Jun-21 09:17 AM
Wow, it would be wonderful saving time on traveling. Usually for me in order to go to Ukraine I would spend 14 hours on my trip, very long and tiring trip. I can not even imagine to have like 7 hours only - this is amazing technology.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Friday 04-Jun-21 04:51 PM
What exciting news. It makes me so happy to think that it is not only environmentally friendly but also saves you valuable time.

Ruby  said:
on Friday 04-Jun-21 09:01 AM
Boom Supersonic is basically the rebirth of Concorde lol! This is great airline for global frequent business flyers too.

Ziyanda  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 04:39 PM
This is really exciting...these aeroplanes are not only going to cut travelling time in half but they are environmentally friendly...:)

Zandelee  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 03:20 PM
With all these incredible advancements in aviation one would be able to save a whole work day or take a quick weekend trip to visit friends and family without having to waste half of your time on a plane. A company actually analysed a New York company that flew private business jets around the world and found that if they flew on the AS2 instead, each person would save 142 hours a year which is fantastic. I do hope that the price tags are both profitable for airlines and affordable for passengers.

Angelique  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 03:19 PM
That's insane. Sounds like good business for them and obviously as you say for our country, should the high-end tourists choose SA as a destination. Hopefully by 2024 there is no longer this awful virus. Richard Branson actually did an interview in 2018 speaking about this

Prishani  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 12:05 PM
I hate flying! I am so glad they are looking at ways to make travel time shorter in terms of flights. It will no doubt have a positive impact on tourism.

Brenda Strydom  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 11:28 AM
This sounds amazing, We have so many beautiful places in South Africa Hopefully a lot more people may just come and visit South Africa.

Michelle D  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:39 AM
Aside from being efficient, it is also very interesting to see the incorporation of sustainability in Boom Supersonic. Currently a return flight from London to San Francisco emits around 5.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per person – more than twice the emissions produced by a family car in a year. Flying is undeniably one of the worst actions we can do when it comes to climate change. Boom Supersonic is working towards a completely carbon neutral aircraft program which is unprecedented. .

sandra  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:39 AM
I commend the increase of and creations technology and innovations. It makes our life easier. In this case, travelling will be super quick and it will make flying much better.

Clare  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:37 AM
This looks like a great airplane, I agree a country like South Africa would benefit from something like this. And faster is better. Its like that Trian that goes from London to France in minutes which I truly wish i could try. But yet again i have not even been on a gautrain yet. Its always exciting to hear about these wonderful innovations.

Dasanya  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 10:22 AM
It was inevitable that we would discover such technology and innovations. It would definitely make traveling a lot less painful and South Africa more accessible to the world

Alexis  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 09:43 AM
I am in agreement with regards to what you are saying and travel is brutal when venturing so far away. So if the time can be cut down to less, it would be a blessing and people who travel but not as far due to the aggravation, will be more willing to travel further.

Danielle  said:
on Thursday 03-Jun-21 08:51 AM
This sounds wonderful i'm sure many people would love this. Im sure the cost involved will be much higher than the normal flights hopefully people will be able to afford this with the current struggle we are facing.

Sarah  said:
on Wednesday 02-Jun-21 04:39 PM
It is really amazing to read about this, cutting the travel time in half. Prople will have more time to speand with thier families and not be so grumpy because of long flights.

Roxanne  said:
on Wednesday 02-Jun-21 01:56 PM
Everything is advancing as such a rate, this isn't surprising. Soon we will all be going on holiday on the moon and Mars.

Lucretia  said:
on Wednesday 02-Jun-21 09:16 AM
With the way things are being run in South Africa at the moment, no water, no electricity, etc, I will be very surprised to see tourists wanting to come here. I certainly would not want to visit Africa if I lived in a First World country.

Sune  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 12:47 PM
This is really exciting news! No one wants to sit on a plane for hours on end.
I'm sure this will encourage people to travel to places such as South Africa and enjoy our beautiful country.

Victoria  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 10:19 AM
Wow that is so amazing to cut the travel time in half! It would definitely bring more tourists to beautiful South Africa. Really is an incredible innovation and is going to do so well.

Megan  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 09:13 AM
I really do hope this will promote more travel to South Africa in the future and hopefully our economy can hold until then. We really do have amazing sites for the world to see, I wish we could market ourselves better as well... Nonetheless this is an amazing creation!

Michelle B  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 09:09 AM
Always exciting to hear about these brilliant innovations. I have no doubt that this is the future of travel!

Jessica  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 09:07 AM
I think this is brilliant and people would travel a lot more because of this. Sitting in a plane for such a long time is off putting for anyone, however it might be twice the amount you pay for a normal flight because of the less passengers to make up for losses. However it is a great idea and can't wait to hear how it goes.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 08:59 AM
This sounds incredible. I agree that it would play a role in encouraging tourists to visit our country. We have so many beautiful places for them to visit and if we can cut the traveling time, a lot more people may just visit South Africa.

david  said:
on Tuesday 01-Jun-21 07:11 AM
what we need are 'Elon Tunnels'.
imagine getting on a train in Amerika and getting off at OR Tambo.
not that far fetched if you think about the tunnel between the UK and France.

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