That's right Shamrock_747, VS
would have to take over some BA
Concorde's pretty soon for any kind of worthwhile service before re-life 2 in about 2008-9, if it went next year, VS
would still have large operating costs for what? 4 years of service.
are contracted with their part of the spares/supplier agreement until sometime in 2005.
will probably go until the end of 2007, my money is on BA
stopping with them.
Managers in BA
engineering (the new lot are a right bunch of tossers, ask anyone there, not just Concorde staff) may not like Concorde, they may be making life difficult for us, but the fate of the aircraft is not up to them.
I'd go and work for VS
on Concorde, not that I think it's going to happen, but hypothetically, that is just out of disapproval for the current situation in BA
Engineering, but these middle managers come and go.
If Concorde is dumped very early by BA
, then the whole airline is in deep trouble, and I'd be out of work anyway.
Concorde suffered big drops in loads in the last Gulf War, I've just heard the BA273 go, will meet it when it gets back tonight when I'm at work, that is a very profitable Concorde route.
Yesterday was typical for this time of year, a good BA001 (64 pax), the BA002 was crap (21 pax), but when the BA002's are retimed in April (all being well with getting some spares) then the BA002's will pick up, as pax prefer a 08:30 JFK
departure, rather than 12:15.
But poor management has caused that retiming, hopefully they'll get what is coming to them in time.