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Economy sized seats but with good legroom (36" pitch maybe?
Nearly, 38 inches. For both BA
Though the type was certified to carry 128 pax, both airlines knew that the market would be all 1st class so therefore a good standard of galley provision and decent legroom was needed.
So it was 38 inches seat pitch and more galley and general stowage space, for 100 pax.
In flight, it didn't feel as cramped as you might think just being on the ground, of course it helped when the journey time was half that of other airliners.
did a series of major cabin upgrades over the years. IFE at the end, was a CD
based audio system. The regular customers tended to work, charter pax were too into the whole supersonic experience anyway.
Put it this way, you can see some movie any day, how often would you see that very dark sky at 58-60,000 feet, the curvature of the Earth?
Plus you could follow the speed, altitude, outside air temp, distance to go, on LCD
displays on each bulkhead.
'Cargo' was really baggage rather than dedicated freight.
On some charters and BA
service, there would be usually rather more of that than the core market of regular business pax frequently going to/from JFK
On all my commercial flights (airline staff discounted), it was entered via a Jetway.
Including my first, IAD
in 1993. (The thrice weekly IAD
run by BA
ended in late 1994 after 18 and a half years though it remained a regular charter destination).
But many pax would have used steps not Jetway, since for most of it's active life BA
ran many charters each year, many to smaller airfields.
My non commercial Concorde flights - from my time in BA
Concorde Engineering - such as the last Concorde engineering test flight in Aug 03, we boarded via steps in the BA
G-BOAE's last ever flight, the last supersonic flight of my lifetime too, for it's delivery to retirement in Barbados, we boarded from T4
via steps. In the rain. 4 hours, 10 mins later, it was NOT raining at BGI
One non commercial one however was boarded via a Jetway, from the lovely BA
Concorde lounge at T4
it was one of a series of flights to test new seats, new menus, help to re-train cabin staff, after the grounding in 2000.2001. Myself and 97 other BA
Concorde staff, were 'commercial pax' for a LHR
-LHR flight, but with the length, speeds. altitudes of a normal LHR
service, just a turn back at 30W.
We boarded, euphoric. Three and a half hours later we walked back up the same Jetway at LHR
, when we started to hear indications that we had returned to a different world.
The date was 11th Sept 2001.
The effects of that day, more then the AF
crash, would be one of the main reasons the aircraft was retired early, by 3-5 years most likely.
However, for all your Concorde questions, for pics, including very detailed interior/cabin/hold ones and so much more, this is your one stop site;