HeyMach From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 118 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
From the London Times:
Mr Eddington said there was no prospect of keeping one of the jets for non-commercial flights at public events. "The technical and financial challenges of keeping a Concorde airworthy are absolutely prohibitive," he said.
"Airbus has told us that they are unable to support such a project, whether it be for British Airways or anyone else."
BA also announced today that it will hold an auction of Concorde memorabilia in December to raise cash for charity. Among the lots will be a machmeter, a nose cone and seats
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12951 posts, RR: 79 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
No surprise there, keeping one as planned, for 100 hours flying for 5 years, would cost at the very least £2 million per year.
You could not just cocoon them then return them to flight, engine runs at most every 14 days, constant attention to other systems such as hydraulics.
Airbus know that even if they did hand over responsibility to someone else, they'd likely be called in to help sort out problems.
Even with many systems disabled and it only being capable of subsonic flight.
Myself, I cannot see the point of a Concorde restricted to subsonic speeds anyway, even though it would be only for airshows/flypasts.
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
GDB, Do you know if BA will keep one of its Concorde ?
Air France is keeping for the moment F-BVFF, that was under a main maintenance check in April when the "retirement" was announced.
This a/c is supposed to be exposed at CDG one day... but nobody is able to give more information about this project.
I have also been told by friends from former Concorde maintenance division that a crew of Technicians has been formed to maintain ( voluntarily ) airworthy F-BTSD, stored at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.