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Did Concorde Carry Cargo?  
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3459 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13546 times:

During BA and AF's use of the aircraft, was regular cargo loaded on the aircraft? Perhaps as a "premium" rush service to JFK/LHR/CDG. Generally cargo is loaded on pallets or containers (with the exception of aircraft which are strictly bulk-load only (ie. 737). Would regularly booked cargo fly Concorde or was it all transported on the non-supersonic flights? Judging by most cargo I've seen, it consists of large quantities which are already pre-palleted or in containers from or to be loaded onto other flights.


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2826 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13464 times:

This was an interesting enough topic I thought I'd see if it had been brought up before here in the forum. If you check this link, GDB answered most, if not all of your questions here:

Cargo On Board Concorde? (by FlyinTLow Jun 25 2005 in Civil Aviation)

If I remember right the cargo capacity of Concorde was around 2-2.5 tons. I doubt it was put on a pallet or put in containers, but I could be wrong. Regardless, it would not have been in large quantities.



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User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13349 times:

You may find this thread useful, from just a few weeks ago:

Concorde And Baggage (by working2gether Sep 1 2011 in Civil Aviation)

When I worked in Air Freight (late 90s), Concorde was very expensive for freight and could only handle very small packages. It was only ever really used for small, time sensitive documents.


User currently offlinecontrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13208 times:

Buddy of mine worked the Concorde at JFK for BA. He said it was a nightmare to load. The cargo hold is extremely narrow and ceiling is low. Not much space for luggage and did tell me they had cargo but it was not much. Maybe a ton at most and that was very rare. What was so interesting is the fast pace time in which last bag had to be on the belt. I think it was 20 mins for the last one to be put on. When your paying fares like that, ones bag better be waiting for them no more then 20 mins.


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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2851 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 12891 times:

Other than some time sensitive documents the 3 or 4 hour gain of getting freight through on Concorde was eaten up by Customs and then making connections to domestic flights.
If you were not receiving the freight at the point of entry then there was little to be gained by the extra charges of Concorde, especially if you were moving freight on into the interior of the US.

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User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 12578 times:

My girlfriends dad works for a major international courier company and when Concorde was flying he was offered the chance to fly a package over to New York. He has a fear of flying, so refused the opportunity, but what an amazing 'job' to do!

User currently offlinelofty From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11888 times:

Back in the day BA staff used to be offered courier trips in their own time, one sweetener was once you got known and had done a few you would be put on the Concorde list.

User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8740 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11415 times:

...as mentioned already, it was mainly on board courier material that went in both directions, at pemium rates both for the airline as well as for the courier company. A lot of money was made in that business especially in the 80s, The SKY. was the limit.    


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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2226 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7677 times:

http://www.concordesst.com/inside/7.html

The link above shows the cargo bins, looks bigger than what I expected..

[Edited 2011-11-18 08:57:46]


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User currently offlineOak522 From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4774 times:

One of the freight companies (FedEx, I think) used to offer "Supersonic Express" or something for a small fortune. I had to send some documents to South Africa once and used it--routing and exact time taken, not sure--but it worked a hell of a lot faster than posting something.

User currently offlineTheBigOne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

If memory serves me right, I believe Concorde was occasionally used to transport time sensitive medication across the Atlantic. I vaguely remember seeing a documentary about either a vaccine or an anti-venom being transported as it had to reach its final destination within 5 hours.


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User currently offlineswabrian From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 299 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

I know for their off-line charter flights, BA would put a tow bar in the aft bin. It was a pain to get out and to stow.

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