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Concorde, Why Not Australia?  
User currently offlineAirbus60 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7433 times:

O.k, I think this topic has been brought up a number of times in the discussion room, but please, i need to know why Concorde cannot do flights to Australia.


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User currently offlineQF1 From Australia, joined May 2014, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7310 times:

I think you will find that Concorde visits Sydney and Cairns, maybe once or twice a year.
It would be good to see BA flying there Concorde London-Sydney (or Melbourne). Would this be possible non-stop, and app how long would it take?
Also, the Concorde should visit Melbourne!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 841 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7291 times:

Many years ago (late 70's I think), SQ chartered the concorde to fly between London & Singapore, stopping at Bahrain. It ceased a short time later as countries were not tollerant of the sonic boom caused by the supersonic airliner.
Today the same applies, it is also very uneconomical to fly Concorde over such a distance with only 100 or so pax. The only market that can really sustain Concorde is LHR-JFK, & that has been proven by BA pulling Concorde out of Washington-Dulles & Miami. Air France also only operate (to my knowledge) their Concorde's between CDG & JFK.
Concorde will still & does operate charters to Sydney (& usually Auckland or Christchurch) as part of fly cruise type set ups, however you will never see it fly commercially or scheduled service to Sydney or Melbourne.

I will stand corrected if I am wrong, but this is my understanding!

Cheers - & I look fwd to flying Concorde one day myself!

Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!
User currently offlineRyaneverest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7285 times:

BA also flies Concorde to Barbados.

If any airline (BA/AF) flew Concorde to Australia, that would be impossible to have that non-stop. The journey is too long for the Concorde. Let's assume it takes a stop in between: then it'll be going over Italy, Egypt, Iran, India, Indian Ocean, and a big portion of western Australia. This is why the route will not be implemented. The sonic boom is just too disturbing, and therefore you can now see Concorde flights are only applied on over-water routes (CDG-JFK or LHR-JFK).

Whenever the plane is not over water, it does not fly supersonic. This means an Air France Concorde will fly Mach 0.9x until it reaches the Atlantic. Before reaching eastern coast of USA, it reduces speed to subsonic.

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2937 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7258 times:

Although it would be a great service London-Oz by Concorder wouldn't really be much faster than the current one-stop service via SIN, BKK or KUL. Concorde's range is rather limited - so it will have to refuel twice along the way - losing time it would otherwise gain. The fuel it would burn would also deem the service uneconomical and fares would be exorbitant!

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