When Michael J Fox promised hover boards, we assumed planes would be traveling somewhere near the speed of light by now. But things have gone the other way. Since 2003, there’s not been a single supersonic flight – and not all that much has changed in air travel. But Boom Aero is attempting to drastically change the landscape above the horizon – and they’ve got a new customer…

Boom Aero has been developing supersonic jets – and they mean business. The group will launch it’s flying prototype in 2018 and is already promising supersonic commercial flight by the year 2023. Richard Branson and the Virgin Group were the first to catch on to this highly respected group, of jet propulsion, tech and aviation wizards, but word has spread. Japan Airlines just announced a $10,000,000 investment, giving the airline options on 20 supersonic jets. Boom announced that they’ve been collaborating with Japan Airlines for over a year.

“This is about signaling to the broader ecosystem that this is something that there’s real airline customer interest in,” Blake Scholl, Boom’s founder and CEO, said in an interview with CNNMoney. “The money is largely symbolic, but it’s an important symbol. JAL doesn’t put $10 million around without thinking really hard about it.”

How fast are we talking? Boom would surpass the speeds of Concorde, jumping from Mach 2.0 to 2.2, at 1,451 miles per hour. This “booming” breakthrough in supersonic travel would see West Coast USA to Tokyo in under 5.5 hours, and New York to London in just 3 mere hours. 2023 cannot come soon enough.

Are you ready for supersonic travel?