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Overture Superfactory’s first assembly line to produce 33 aircraft per year when complete in mid-2024

By Dayna Fedy-MacDonald | August 14, 2023

Estimated reading time 6 minutes, 21 seconds.

Boom Supersonic’s Overture Superfactory at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, is steadily taking shape, as the company is now seven months into its construction efforts at the site.

The facility is set to house production of the Overture supersonic airliner, a 64- to 80-passenger aircraft with an impressive cruise speed of Mach 1.7. With the ability to run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel, Overture has a maximum range of 4,250 nautical miles and a cruising altitude of 60,000 feet.

The first final assembly line at the Overture Superfactory is designed to produce up to 33 aircraft per year. Boom Image

“Boom is on the leading edge of returning supersonic commercial passenger service, and such innovative, imaginative aerospace companies that will define the next century of aviation are precisely the type of partner we want on the airport,” said Piedmont Triad International Airport’s executive director, Kevin Baker.

In its live blog about the Overture Superfactory, Boom said the campus is on track for completion in mid-2024. The company is strategically constructing the campus in segments, with the primary focus being the first final assembly line — “which is roughly 150,000 square feet with an additional 24,000 square feet of office space,” Boom said.

According to the company’s progress updates, construction began in January 2023 with Boom’s partner, BE&K Building Group, and the hangar door foundation build was underway by April. In May, the foundation rails for the facility were placed, and the backbone of the structure was erected the following month.

Most recently, in July, additional trusses were built and construction of the south exterior wall began. Floor preparation was also underway.

During this year’s Paris Air Show in June, Boom offered showgoers a glimpse into the evolution of the Superfactory’s progress, as well as “significant advances” with the Overture program and the Symphony engine that will power the supersonic aircraft.

The company’s founder and CEO, Blake Scholl, said during a press conference that the first final assembly line is designed to annually produce up to 33 Overture aircraft — which measures 201 feet from nose to tail.

“We have plans on this campus for a second assembly line, which will allow us to double production to a rate of 66 aircraft per year,” he added.

Since Boom has set its own goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2025, the company made sure to design its Superfactory accordingly. Boom said the campus is “projected to be at least 40 percent more energy efficient than similar facilities,” thanks to high-efficiency heating and cooling, LED lighting, and enhanced insulation.

“We are also evaluating other innovative sustainability measures,” Boom added. “That includes onsite carbon sequestration and zero-waste products.”

As of June 2023, the commercial order book for Overture stood at 130 aircraft, which includes orders and pre-orders from major airlines such as United, American, and Japan Airlines.

With the Overture supply chain on track to launch in the second half of 2024, Boom is aiming for production launch in 2025, rollout in 2026, inaugural flight in 2027, and certification in 2029.

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