The advent of a new Engineering Manager at BA
in late 2001, who disliked Concorde and those who worked on it, had the chance to wield the axe in the wake of the Sept 11th downturn.
So about 50% of Concorde Engineering staff were transferred to plug gaps elsewhere in Engineering caused by mismanagement.
The result being that not only were we limited in the amount of flights we could run (which after the retirement announcement with the very high loads that followed, meant that BA
could not take full advantage of this, we did well, making £5 million per week, but previous flying rates, double daily scheduled and charters, could have doubled that).
Also an effect on downtime, on scheduled checks and this new job of fitting new lavs and galleys, which BA
had brought and paid for.
Inevitably the new lavs, being the first vacuum type on Concorde, had glitches and delays, nothing new really but now we could not do both this and the routine work, unlike in the past.
G-BOAB, which had not had the tank mods, (but was expected to eventually get this done and return to service by the fall of 2003), was chosen to test out the fitment of this new equipment, not being operational we could take our time and work through the problems making operational aircraft quicker to do.
But the staff cuts made that difficult, as well as new requirements like the April 9th 2003 deadline for fitting new cockpit doors.
So halfway through the test fit on OAB in November 2002, it was abandoned.
The better part of £14 million pissed away.
But hey, they can spend £100 million on an IT
system massively delayed and still not working.
I understand the lavs were sent back to Britax, some parts may be used on other BA