That report is not accurate, it never took off (and it takes 4 hrs 10 min to do BGI
No.3 reheat failed so take off was stopped at 100 kts (t/o speed is 250 kts), the aircraft returned to stand, a new reheat amp. was fitted and another t/o was attempted, again No.3 reheat did not light, this time the t/o was stopped at 30 kts.
it would not be a problem. however BGI
is a shorter field, with higher temps and near the aircraft's range limit, so as procedure no further t/o attempts.
elected not to send people and parts out to BGI
, some of the 73 pax came back on a scheduled 777, 52 remaining pax took the aircraft (G-BOAF) the next day on 3 reheats with a reduced fuel load and a fuelling stop at SMA in the Azores.
is an austere field, with limited BA
staff and spare part holdings, great flights profit wise, but not the place to get a problem for these reasons.
It is the first time a problem has occurred to stop a flight at BGI
since flying resumed in November 2001, it was also that Captain's last flight before retirement.
is a challenge technically, there was not as much as even a slight delay during the 2001/2002 BGI
season, but of course that does not make the press, unless a travel journalist is on board for a 'freebie'!
UK Sunday tabloids screamed about a 'safety problem', not so, it may have been if the capt had ignored procedures and actually took off, but they don't do that sort if thing, it made the press as there was a big celeb load, plus much of the press in the UK (who have never liked Concorde) regard the aircraft as a 'scalp' to be had, like a politician or celeb they want sacked.
Hence every small problem is magnified, it has always been this way, you wonder what they would write if they saw the tech logs from any airliner, as most journalists do not know one end of a plane from the other, the only ones they can usually recognise is a Concorde, 747 and a Sptifire.
flights, due to the range and usually rather heavier baggage load, have an 80 pax restriction, but nearly all the pax are full fare and the route is seen by BA
as always very profitable both ways.
The report is correct that BGI
services are flown on Saturdays between late November or early December, to April, with additional flights on Saturdays in August.