THE TIME MACHINE : CONCORDE'S RETIREMENT WAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY BOTH BA AND AIR FRANCE

This article offers a retrospective look at the Concorde, which was recently retired by BA and Air France. Arriving in time to experience the oil crisis of the early 70s, Concorde's orders never recovered from fuel shock. Only 20 were built, 16 entering service with the flag carriers of the two nations behind Concorde's creation. Court decision to permit trial operations in Washington, D.C. and New York is probably why the Concorde lasted as long as it did. The shorter trip at lower altitudes means a more refreshed arrival for travelers, but at a high monetary cost and in less pleasant surroundings than typical business class cabins. The spiraling of maintenance expenses as the fleet aged and the drop-off in general business travel meant the end for Concorde.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • June/July 2003
  • Corporate Authors:

    Key Publishing, Limited

    P.O. Box 100
    Stamford,   United Kingdom  PE9 1XQ
  • Authors:
    • Allett, T
  • Publication Date: 2003-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 28-29
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00961136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM