Concordes could have supercruised over the Med/Adriatic decelerating on reaching Venice to Mach 0.95, over France then on to LHR
at that speed, still been a lot faster than a conventional jet doing the same route overland, that's how BA
Concordes went to and from BAH.
Another route could have had a stop at Lisbon, then on to JFK
, supercruising over the Med, then supercruising over the Atlantic. Of course as part of any Concorde deal, the UK government would likely have allowed services to the US East Coast from LHR
Of course if MEA
had kept the option to buy, what would have happened to it when civil war overtook Lebanon in 1975, before any Concorde delivery?
Up to then, Beirut was a major business/cultural central of the region, 'the Paris of the Mid East', they could have supported a Concorde operation if the country had stayed stable.
Had the Concorde B model been built, for service from 1981 onwards, the economics of Concorde operations would have improved for some prospective operators, the increased efficiency at Mach 0.95 and a 15-20% boost in range allowing a Lufthansa operation from FRA
non stop for instance, when looking at prospective Concorde options consider routes, mostly over ocean, between two major business centres, one day I'll do a thread on here as a 'what if' the B model had been built.
Considering a BA
fleet of say 5 original and 5 B models makes you almost drool!
had a history with British aircraft, they had a liking for the VC
-10, but efforts to buy their own fleet was stopped by an uncooperative UK government, when it came to financing a deal, at least one was leased until being destroyed in an Israeli commando attack on Beirut in 1968, MEA
had wanted at least 5, possibly up to 10 Super VC