GOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2049 times:
Lots of airline ordered the Concorde, for example i think Singapore and American did it. But they got cold feet and the only buyers became Air France and British Airways, since the a/c was developed in France and the UK.
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GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13445 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2022 times:
1973 oil crisis, big cost of the new widebodies entering service then, no supersonic flight overland, hostility from the Nixon administration and the rise in anti-noise protests.
Actually, only BA and AF ever ordered, the rest were just options.
Go to www.concordesst.com/history for a drawing of a pre-production Concorde in AC colours. 4 were optioned.
Shame they cancelled, could have been viable on routes to the UK and France from the late 70's.
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1878 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1988 times:
GDB, this is a perfect answer.
For the other members of the forum, do you know that even Flying Tigers had options and wanted to use them to start express freight?
Could have been very interesting... Remember, at the time of the options, Fedex was only in the dreams of Frd Smith....Express industry we know didn't exist....
Maybe FT would still fly today???
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