Does anyone know back then for the Concorde, who are the initial airlines who jumped on it? I can only think of BA and AF.
They were the only 2 airlines to ever fly the Concorde
Braniff did use Air France and BA aircraft with funny registrations like G-N94AD/N94AD (which was G-BOAD) for instance. Depending on whose stories you listen to, Braniff might have gone slightly above the speed of sound... But it was as far as I can tell a subsonic service only. And it was a dead-end.
I have an original marketing brochure for Concorde here, I can look at it and give you all the numbers. I can probably take a photo of the relevant section. The brochure was handed out when Concorde 002 G-BSST visited Sydney on its promotional tour. However I'm sure one of the 'experts' here will even say that brochure from the manufacturer of the plane is wrong too, so I don't really want to upload it.
If this announcement had been made by SQ, EK, QR et al I believe more people would truly be awed by it.
That’s what’s truly irritating about this forum. If it had been SQ, the ME3, an IAG airline, or the anti-trust love triangle (AA/B6/AS) this forum would be head over heals about how amazing this is. The kool-aid is strong!
This may or may not come to fruition but it shows people are actually thinking about the future. Maybe the Boom Overture doesn’t come out of this in its current form, but maybe the work on it leads to innovations that carry over to something else. Maybe it leads to an even better aircraft. The attitudes on here today are just, WOW! Call it “emotional attachment” or whatever you want to that makes you feel superior but this 37 year old lawyer that has watched the commercial aviation world in the west backslide into complacency thinks this is cool and wishes all parties involved nothing but the best!
If it had been an ME3 airline or any other quasi-state airline the reaction would have been uproariously negative, even more so than the United announcement.
A lot has changed since 1965 when the first Concorde prototype was constructed the question is has the technology and engineering progressed to the point where it is economically viable in the commercial aviation industry. We will never know until someone tries and it is obvious neither Boeing or Airbus are interested at this point so it is going to take an outsider like Boom to test the waters just like SpaceX.
To quote the old A.net mantra on supersonic planes, the technology that makes an SST economically viable will make a subsonic plane even more economical or cost effective, so everyone will always choose the subsonic plane. Basically the old mantra says that no SST will ever be viable. (the forum search will find many saying that).