Not only the simulator and spares, but he'll need a lot more than some retired staff, meaning BA
would have to transfer most of their Concorde staff to VS
A reduced flying programme? Well the current single daily service has been one of BA
's problems, too little revenue even if the loads are good.
Let's be clear, there is much to criticize in BA
's marketing of the aircraft since 2001, and the general way the operation has been run, so a morning or evening flight? Customers seem to want both. But BA
's engineering operation was so run down personnel wise, no way could we support a double daily.
So 3 aircraft are not enough, and what about the docking and other facilities for maintenance owned by BA
He'd need 4-6 aircraft, presumably BA
's lower hrs aircraft, OAF
and OAG, (which were the 'extra' aircraft BA
got in 1979-80) and some AF
ones, all of which have lower hours than BA
won't co-operate, neither will BA
and Airbus, BA
's Rod Eddington pleaded with Airbus in March to support the BA
operation until April 2004, as tickets had already been sold on the BGI
winter season for 2003/2004, they said no, AF
are stopping, so BA
The extra costs imposed by Airbus won't go away for Branson, even if Airbus were agreeable, it would have to be a joint BA
/VS operation anyway, would that count as two operators, as Airbus stipulate?