If you actually believe all that BS
being 'given' Concorde, you'll believe anything.
Branson wants it both ways, firstly he says we were given the aircraft, then that we somehow screwed the UK taxpayer out of the profits, (forgetting that £900 million the government got from BA
privatized in 1987).
Fact is, BA
saved Concorde from an early demise 20 years ago, the government pulled out of supporting it, so BA
had a choice, make it really work or scrap it.
shelled out the cash, put the effort in, the result being a 15 year golden age of Concorde operations.
So who does Branson think he is?
, with AF
, put the aircraft in service.
made it profitable first and to a much greater extent.
have flown Concorde some 45% more than AF
, so guess who lead the maintenance planning?
pioneered the charter operation.
carried out much more investment in Concorde, not only in the cabins.
After the 2000 accident, BA
pushed the return to flight effort, prototyping the technically very challenging tank mods and much else besides.
tried innovative routes, some like LHR
-BAH-SIA did not work, but LHR
was a spectacular commercial success, in spite of the challenging operational and engineering considerations on the latter route.
So again, who does Branson think he is by demanding these aircraft, that are such a loved and important part of BA
Tell you what, why don't BA
demand some VS
slots, or their shiny new LHR
hangar, or their A380 delivery slots? Why not? How does this really differ from Branson's demands?