GREENSBORO, NC (WTVD) - The state that calls itself "the first in flight" will now be home to what may be the future of flight.
Boom, a Denver startup that develops what may be the first supersonic airliner since the Concorde, will set up a plant at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, state officials have confirmed to ABC11.
Governor Roy Cooper helped announce the official announcement Wednesday at the airport.
The agreement that helped bring the boom to North Carolina ensures the company will create more than 1,750 jobs and invest more than $ 500 million by 2030.
The company said it expects to begin test flights in 2026 and begin flying passengers in 2029.
"It is both poetic and logical that Boom Supersonic will select the first country on the flight to its first manufacturing plant," Cooper said. "Like the Wright Brothers' success in Kitty Hawk, this innovative company will succeed by changing passenger air travel quickly and with sustainable energy."
A video from the company's website shows the elegant passenger planes that are called to be the fastest and most brilliant there is. In some of the examples given, a flight from New York to London will last only three and a half hours on its operator plane.
Boom's announcement comes after Toyota announced it would bring a new plant for electric car batteries to the same area. Boom's start-up is also no guarantee that its ventures will succeed, as the jet maker has not yet fully built its first test flight aircraft, let alone connected an engine to its prototype.
But this year's boom achieved a strategic partnership with the U.S. Air Force worth up to $ 60 million, and last year's funding exceeded $ 110 million, bringing the company's total funding to $ 270 million.
Negotiations between Boom and North Carolina began last year