exactly as 777236ER said.
It was said in the papers (tabloid most liekly) "Virgin, with its lower cost base, could operate the aircraft at a profit"
They may have a lower operating cost for say a 744.
this is concorde.
they have never flown it, havent come close.
they'd need to incorporate all the tech crews, pilots, cabin staff to fly it.
alternately, take your own staff, and train them.
how long does it take to transistion from a 744 to a Concorde.... how much would it cost?!
We're talking huge costs to incorporate the aircaft, let alone operate it daily.
Spares are fast running out, and increasingly hard to get hold of, that's going to make it very costly in the coming years to keep them going.
As mentioned before... be glad they will be rested, and not scrapped.
>> hoorah for another Branson PR