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Air France To Restart Concorde Nov 7th?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 3:43 am

An Air France loadmaster said yesterday that AF plan to start 1 daily return JFK service on Nov.7th.
I understand BA will announce the launch date 5 weeks before anticipated re-inauguration. This would put BA restarting flights after AF.
Can anyone shed any light on the details?
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RE: Air France To Restart Concorde Nov 7th?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 3:45 am

As far as I knew, the Concord was througholy tested in every aspect of flight and design changes were made. However, whichever airline starts first would be the airline's choice I think. The Concord just needs to get its airworthiness certificate first.
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RE: Air France To Restart Concorde Nov 7th?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 3:50 am

I would assume that BA would make sure that its concordes were in the air before Frances. BTW, how many concordes have the new modifications? I know -AF has, and maybe -AG?
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RE: Air France To Restart Concorde Nov 7th?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 5:04 am

I love Concorde! I have flown on her twice.

But...It's it a good idea to start operating a aircraft that has always bled a trail of money over the Atlantic Ocean.

Don't get me wrong, it is a beutiful aircraft and it would be missed by many people.

But is it really wise for two Airlines that at this point of time are hurting for "pax" and money, to be operating a aircraft that flys at a loss. Just be cause of something as dangerous as "Ego"?

Thats just my opinion...I might be wrong..
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RE: Air France To Restart Concorde Nov 7th?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 5:20 am

Concorde HAS got it's certificate back, on Sept. 5th.
The C of As are issued to the individual a/c as the mods are completed.
One AF a/c has been done, for BA, G-BOAF and G-BOAE are done, G-BOAG is nearly finished and work has started on G-BOAD.
I understand that BA has set a date, and that regular passengers are being informed. A public announcement may be quite close to the date, and a re-lauch with AF looks possible.
Finally, for BA anyway, Concorde makes pots of money, has been recession proof in the past. BA at least is not in this for the publicity, great as it is for the airline.
I recommend www.concordesst.com for full details of the fleet status.

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RE: Air France To Restart Concorde Nov 7th?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 7:58 pm

To add in my 5 pence worth,

Over the months we have heard that the airlines would jointly re-introduce servcies, similar to the very first services in 1976, so this day could be the day for BA sercies to JFK to start.

The other point of note is that Air France will only do Concorde servcies Mon-Fri, where as BA seem commited to the whole 7 days. So what do Air France do at the weekends. One though is charter day trips, but they did say no more charters after last years accident (mainly becasue of lack of aircraft)....But in the currect economic climate in the airline industry any revenue coming in is most welcome and a full aircraft of charter passengers make a nice tidy sum, even though it is nowhere near that of a full load to New York.

As GDB says keep a look at http://www.concordesst.com as the latest developments go on this site as soon as they are known.
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RE: Air France To Restart Concorde Nov 7th?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 8:07 pm

where abouts is G-BOAD right now?I think G-BOAG is the one in the hangar opposite the A30 with the B742 in Chatham Historic Dockyard outside the hangar.
Thanks Alex
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Sun Oct 07, 2001 9:22 pm

OAD is now in the Major's dock in East Pen TBA, the one that faces the A30, using the dock vacated by OAE.
OAG is in my workplace, in the West Pen which is nearly opposite East Pen, the temporary docking for it's tank-mod being removed in preparation for pre-flight tests.

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