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Transportation startup Boom is set to bring back supersonic passenger flight. On Wednesday, the company announced plans to build a manufacturing facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina. When completed, “The Overture Superfactory” will employ approximately 1,750 workers by 2030 and produce the company’s next Overture supersonic jet, which Boom hopes will begin carrying passengers in 2029. Construction of the facility is expected to begin later this year, with production to follow in 2024. The first jet will roll out in 2025 and then fly in 2026.

The 400,000 square foot facility will eventually produce aircraft for carriers like Japan Airlines and . In 2021, the latter announced that it would purchase 15 Overture jets once the aircraft met its safety and operational requirements. The deal includes an option for United to purchase 35 additional planes, for a total of 50 jets.

Boom says Overture will revolutionize commercial aviation. He envisions the Mach 1.7 jet flying from San Francisco to Toyko in about six hours. On a modern jet, you can expect a flight like this to take around 11 hours. Additionally, Bloom claims that Overture will be a “net zero carbon” aircraft thanks to its ability to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels.

The news is another major win for North Carolina State. In late December, Toyota announced it would build a $1.29 billion battery plant on the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite, land in Randolph County. When completed in 2025, the facility will consist of four production lines capable of producing batteries for around 200,000 vehicles per year.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.

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