This is transcribed from a Vancouver Sun (http:\www.vancouversun.com)
article published on April 22, 1993.
Saudi in a hurry paid princely sum
PARIS -- A Saudi prince who couldn't wait for the next plane paid Air France
$295,000 CDN to charter a Concorde to the United States, an airline official
The prince, whose name was kept confidential, was late for the daily 11 a.m.
supersonic flight from Paris to New York on Jan. 26 because of a traffic
jam, the official said.
A Boeing 747 was scheduled two hours later, but would have taken 4 1/2 hours longer than the 3 1/2-hour Concorde flight, she said.
Wanting to connect quickly with his personal 747 awaiting him in New York
for a flight to Los Angeles, he paid Air France in traveller's cheques to
charter a Concorde for him and his 19 member entourage.
The price covered the cost of the round trip, the official said.
A Concorde and crew was quickly pressed into service for the special fight.
The captain was dressed in street clothes instead of his uniform because of
the short notice.