The big announcement by Boom Supersonic at Piedmont Triad International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 26 was the groundbreaking for the $500 million factory.
The groundbreaking was on the 62-acre tract Boom is leasing from PTIA and where Boom has committed to employ 1,761 workers building the Overture, its supersonic passenger jet. Not only is Boom committed to reestablishing supersonic passenger flights, it is committed to flying those jets with 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel.
Boom, founded in 2014, is headquartered in Denver, but announced in January 2022 that it had chosen PTIA for its manufacturing facility after the state of North Carolina offered $106.7 million and local governments about $15 million in economic incentives.
The state estimates that Boom would have an economic impact of $32.3 billion for the region over the next 20 years.
In September, Rolls Royce announced that it would not be collaborating with Boom on the jet engine design and manufacturing, and Boom stated that it would have a new engine partner before the end of the year.
In December, Boom announced that Florida Turbine Technologies, StandardAero and GE Additive would be designing and building the engines for the Overture, but it has not yet announced where the manufacturing facility for those engines would be.
Both NC Gov. Roy Cooper and President Pro Tem of the state Senate Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, an indication North Carolina is being considered for that facility.
The groundbreaking was for the 174,000-square-foot factory where production is projected to begin in 2024. According to Boom, the first plane will be produced in 2026 with test flights beginning in 2027. Boom anticipates obtaining Federal Aviation Administration approval in 2029.
Boom and PTIA worked out the administrative details of building the factory in November, clearing the way for construction to begin.