Gordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 21 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5740 times:
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson said on Thursday his airline was interested in buying British Airways' doomed Concorde fleet, but would offer just £1 (?1.5, $1.6).
Branson, the king of publicity stunts, said in a statement he would be asking BA for the full operation figures for its fleet of seven Concorde.
"Since the British Airways' announcement this morning we have been flooded with calls from the public, including BA staff, asking us to see if we can keep Concorde flying," said Branson.
"When the Conservative government gave British Airways Concorde for £1 they said that if another British company ever wanted to operate it they could.
"If having examined the figures Virgin Atlantic, with its lower cost base, believes it can make a success of it we will be asking British Airways to give us the planes for the same price that they were given them for (£1) together with the slots and other facilities that they use.
"This might come to nothing but I believe that every effort should be made to keep Concorde flying as it is such an important symbol of British innovation," he added.
Air France and British Airways said on Thursday Concorde would stop flying by the end of October at the latest after more than quarter of a century as a transatlantic shuttle for the rich and privileged.
The cost of developing the supersonic passenger jet were borne by the British and French governments and only BA and Air France - at the time both state-run - opted to buy the hugely expensive aircraft.
BA indicated that it wanted to see its Concordes put on display to the public rather than going to rival carriers, but the thought of being able to give the aircraft away and not have to fund the £84Million write-off costs may sound a very good deal for the cash strapped airline.
Mt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6460 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5690 times:
Branson is indeed a master of publicity, even if it comes to nothing his name brand will be heard by many many people.. Its the kind of publicty tou juat cant buy. Imagine the posibilities with a a Supersonic Virgin!!!
Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5603 times:
I personally think airlines have been waiting to buy the concorde for a long time, but waited until BA/AF didnt get any profit from them, then theyd buy it for half the price, i also heard Southwest might be thinking of buying one or two aircraft, so its early days, but exiting none the less..
DC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5495 times:
I can't believe how sad I feel. I mean it's only a plane but it means so much. Like when I used to go down to LHR, I only wanted to go just to see Concorde, it was the highlight of the day. I can't believe it's going. Someone must save them!
Bmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1449 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5455 times:
Yeah just watch some footage on the TV about her she cant end in this way. If you ask me everything possible should be done to find her a new owner. This is an absolute national travesty hope BA and AF pay for what they are doing its like selling the crown Jules.
The only people that will be happy are Green Peace in my opinion she should be exclude from Bermuda 2 so anyone can fly her LHR-JFK. She should also be exempted from fuel tax and landing fees and just general treated like the national treasure she is.
Bmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1449 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5249 times:
Can the government or someone not step in to keep this histrorical aircraft going like stick a compulsory sell order or something on BA. Everything possible should be done to keep her flying even boucought BA anything.
you have got to keep the faith and I believe in Mr Branson
Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7 Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5221 times:
Looks nice Don't get me wrong, I'd love this to happen, but it isn't. The best chance Branson has got of getting SSC is to go to duxford in the early hours with some wire cutters and a tug! Sorry, but its true. BA would rather retire them than give Branson the upper hand
Bd1959 From Australia, joined Oct 2002, 450 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5212 times:
I'm afraid I'm in agreement with most here: would love to see the old girl continue to "grace" our skies, but I'm afraid that this is just another shot by Branson across the BA bows. Of course BA would not open their books and then hand over the birds and the slots - what would the slots alone be worth at LHR? - for a measely quid. Please, please BA prove me wrong - and call his buff! Mr Branson would have to use full reverse thrust to back-peddle.
I feel as though this beautiful lady and I go back a long way: we grew up together and I vaguely remember her first appearance at Farnborough. My Australian wife used to rush out of our flat in Teddington each morning (when they were using 9R) to wave her off when we were in London in '96.
Are there any museums out there who could seriously afford to keep at least one of these old ladies flying?
Bmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1449 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5154 times:
BA Best move would actually be selling concord to virgin in the publicity stakes. If and when the big handover came hafe if not all the world's media will cover the big hand over. The Devil sorry Mr Edington could say something along the lines of BA feels so privileged and honored to have operated the airplane for 27 years they would prefer to see it live on with someone else rather than kill her operational days just because they find her un economical to fly should not signal her end. As she is such a marvel of an aircraft they whish to make sure she has as bright a future as possible because BA fells such affection for her as well as most of the general public. They are willing to do this even though VS is there UK rival on LHR-USA. BA Would come out very good in this and they aren't acutely losing out to VS as concord is such a niche market and BA would not have anything to compete with and if it is as uneconmical as BA say and VS get egg on there face its them that look bad for ending the flying life of the ledgend that is concord early. And at the worst BA is only going to lose 100 customers that don't make them any money anyways apparently as the outgoings are now higher than ticket sales.