Greenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 934 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2307 times:
British Airways says that load factors on its BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde services have consistently exceeded 70% since the aircraft returned to regular commercial service earlier this month.
Following restoration of the aircraft’s certificate of airworthiness in September, the carrier restarted transatlantic Concorde services to New York JFK on 7 November and is preparing to recommence supersonic operations to Barbados for the winter.
“Concorde bookings to New York are going extremely well,” says BA CEO Rod Eddington. “Since 7 November, load factors have consistently been in excess of 70%.”
Weekly Barbados flights are scheduled to begin again on 1 December and continue until 13 April.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
I can personally confirm those factors are true, and good news, considering we break even at around 30%
If these figures continue, expect the twice-daily JFK service to be reinstated around next april.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
The basic return ticket is now £6800. You do get upgrades and staff discounts, (BA get a 90% discount, others 60-75%).
Looking at lists the other day, you noticed that many familiar names were on board again, I don't mean famous people, though they are too, rather very frequent business users. They said all along they'd be back, the media were rather sceptical, what do they know?
For the return to service, a 60% discounted ticket was available for about a week, at least one Air.Net member is taking advantage of that offer.
Pre the grounding, charters made up 9% of the revenue, but used up a lot of airframe life, so BA were looking to reduce them.
Now the official line is no charters until 2003, and then only a few lucrative ones, (no more 90 minute Mach 2 pleasure flights for £600-£800).
But since Sept. 11th, in the 'cash is king' BA, we've heard marketing are looking again at charters.
When more modified aircraft are available, we'll see what happens. Next are the Saturday LHR-BGI/BGI-LHR flights starting 1st December, some are already fully-booked.
Aamd11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1054 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1856 times:
Concorde is a goldmine for BA and AF. AF aircraft are often chartered and as they only have 5 a/c now they get quite a good usage. BA aircraft are usually concentrated on scheduled services. 70% is fantastic news... concorde accounts for a relatively large percentage of profits at ba. Im interested to see how AF is doing..... they never did seem to have as many concorde flights and pax numbers were a little lower, now they have 1 less a/c how does it affect em?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1820 times:
BA are working on the 4th A/C (OAD). Officially no more have yet been programmed, but we've heard the OAC is almost certain to be modded.
The great load factors make it highly likely that OAA will also be modded, perhaps at the same time as OAC.
OAB will be decided later, BA intend to resume 2 JFKs per day from April.
So it's likely that all 7 will eventually be done.
All modded A/C so far have had the spar 72 wing mod done previously, the rest will have to have the work done before the tank mod.
OAA and OAB also require a routine heavy maint. check.
If OAC is started this month, it should be ready by mid april.
A tank mod takes about 90 days.