Travelers in one of the world’s largest overseas tourism markets are going further than ever before. China’s leading travel company hopes their journeys will soon get a lot faster, too.
Ctrip announced on April 24, 2018 that it had completed a strategic investment in Boom Supersonic, a supersonic aircraft developer headquartered in the United States, to develop a jet that would halve flight times from the United States to China. The plane would transport travelers from Shanghai to San Francisco, for example, in about six hours, cutting flight time by around five hours. Boom, which has already been working with Virgin Group and Japan Airlines to launch air travel on a Mach-2.2 airliner, will be exploring the possibility of giving Ctrip the opportunity to offer 10-15 seats to Chinese passengers on one of its first commercial supersonic flights, which are expected to commence in the mid-2020s.