A major Japanese airline is investing in a Colorado startup building a supersonic passenger airliner for business travelers and has reserved the right to buy several of the super-fast planes in a few years.

Boom Technology Inc., based at Centennial Airport in Arapahoe County, and Tokyo-based Japan Airlines announced Tuesday that JAL is investing $10 million in Boom, will consult with the company about aircraft design and has the option to order 20 of Boom’s ultra-fast jets in the future.

“JAL will provide its knowledge and experience as an airline to support Boom in developing the aircraft. The two companies will cooperate closely to realize faster and more convenient air travel,” the companies’ announcement said.

Boom is building a passenger jet capable of flying two times faster than the speed of sound. Specifications for the JAL-backed jet are for a 55-passenger plane available for service starting in the mid-2020s that has a range of 5,229 miles — or 8,343 kilometers — and a Mach 2.2 cruising speed.

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