Certainly is, the poor and increasingly expensive support from the manufactures for one.
This new £40 million in increased maintenance is for things like a new GPWS, new INS, a lot of 'small ticket' items, rather than major stuff to do with the structure.
And that was in the near term.
But all the things that normal airliners encounter with mods, inspections, new avionics, keeping up with new work requirements and advances in airspace management are much more expensive on Concorde.
The article got one thing wrong, at least on BA
aircraft, the liner mod did NOT cut payload, we flew (and will again in August) the LHR
route post mod.
No change to the 80 pax restriction than before on that service.
When the mod was first revealed we all thought that was the end of BGI
flights, it was not, and they are very profitable, though only flown once a week during the main December to April season.
But again in BA
's case making a small profit overall has been deemed not to be enough to support the increasing costs of supporting the operation, these costs have jumped recently.
Another factor is Concorde's link to BA
's first class product, which is in decline, on 6 routes 1st class cabins will be dropped, more will follow.
had to cut 8 seats on their fleet was was probably to do with a heavier interior.