Lehpron, was this book published in the States? In this case, be very careful with the content. Concorde had to face a hard battle to land in JFK. (Maybe because Boeing has not been able to produce their own supersonic... They even recently used the old Concordsky, to try to learn the technology)
Due to this battle, and despite the fact that Concorde has been adopted by american travelers, I know there are still a lot of people to criticize what they have not been able to do. I do not like polemics. I prefer the facts. Here they are.(GDB, I will not repeat your, but tx for knowing so much about the Concorde)
1) Concorde has never been profitable for AF and BA. Then, last year, the net income for AF was 90 Millions FRF. And if it is a financial disaster, why did BA operate 2 daily flights? (for prestige, 1 daily flight is enough). And why did Virgin try to lease Concorde from AF (as AF has only &1 flight, they do not need as many aircraft as BA, and Vigin wanted to lease 2 of them to compete with BA)
2) Concorde has been a financial disaster for BAE and French Aerospatiale.
If you only look at the aircraft sales, you are right. If you look the long term , that's not true. the equation is as simple as this:
Without Concorde, no Airbus !!!!!
- people from different countries learned how to work together;
- a lot of the technologies developped for the Concorde have been applied for the Airbus. The most famous example is the joystick you find in the A320, A330 and A340 families. (but it is not the only one)
I stop here as this note starts to be too long; I just hope that some of the readers will now read different books to collect more facts
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