The continuing coronavirus induced slump in the aviation industry has meant that some companies have had to temporarily freeze their expansion plans. However, this has not been the case at Boom Supersonic. The Denver-based startup has commenced 2021 by hiring two new senior leaders, as it looks to introduce its ‘Overture’ supersonic airliner by 2030.
Boom is a Denver-based startup that was founded in 2014. Its goal is to introduce a flagship supersonic airliner, known as Overture, in 2030. The proposed 55-seat aircraft would have a similar delta-wing design to the legendary Concorde, but a slightly higher speed of Mach 2.2 (2717 km/h, or 1,467 knots).
According to a press release published earlier this week, Boom Supersonic has bolstered its leadership team with two new additions. Joe Massaquoi has been named the company’s CFO, additionally it has appointed Kathy Savitt as its president and CEO. Boom is hopeful to “accelerate its next phase of growth and progress” with the help of Massaquoi and Savitt.
Both new leaders bring significant experience to the table for a company attempting to build the world’s fastest airliner. Massaquoi has previously held several roles in the aerospace industry, including corporate development at Boeing.
Kathy Savitt already has a history with Boom, having previously served as an advisor to the company. She recently founded Perch Partners, and this consulting firm specializes in areas such as emerging technology and airlines.