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mckennasmall
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Fly Concorde

Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:26 pm

Would you ever fly the concorde if it came back.
 
GDB
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RE: Fly Concorde

Wed Jan 07, 2004 2:51 pm

Hypothetical as it's definitely not coming back.
 
frontiers4ever
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RE: Fly Concorde

Wed Jan 07, 2004 2:57 pm

Doesnt Airbus have a concorde on the drawing board or something like that?
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:54 pm

Considering all the airframes are in museums, it's definately not coming back.
 
mckennasmall
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RE: Fly Concorde

Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:56 pm

No this is a hypothetical question. Would you pay to go on a Concorde if it came back into service.
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Wed Jan 07, 2004 4:10 pm

Why would I want to pay thousands of dollars to get from A to B in 30 minutes, when I can pay a hell of a lot less and get there a bit slower?

If I had a million dollars to burn through, sure. But since I don't.... no.
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:43 am

It is very much a hypothetical question, as there is no way that Concorde will be coming back into service. Unfortunately that era of supersonic air travel as come to an end.
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:54 am

Of course it will never come back into service,but im sure another unreliable,expensive,sleek looking supersonic jet will appear. If it was to somehow go back into service, I sure as hell pay for a ticket from JFK to LHR,and maybe a hotel in london for a few nights  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:59 am

book me on the next flight!
 
sushka
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 9:22 am

Yes I would.

If the Tu144 came back I would have to see some improvments.
 
MarcoPolo747
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:12 am


An unqualified YES !
 
a340pilot
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:17 am

I couldn't afford to fly it when it was in service, so unless I win the lottery or win a free trip, I definatley wouldn't fly if it made a comback still. I would love to see it take off and land but thats about it!

Best reguards,
a340pilot
 
bwc1976
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:21 am

If they lowered the price, yes.
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:22 am

Without a second thought.
 
Mir
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:39 am

To get the chance to fly as high and as fast as most military pilots, I can only say one thing:

Hook me up.

Of course, obtaining the money would be a major obstacle....
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:59 am

Absolutely, though not regularly. It would still cost a pretty penny but perhaps BA or AF (or VS?) if they were the operators would offer a special on the inaugural service. But GDB is quite correct, it's whimsical thinking only.

"Doesnt Airbus have a concorde on the drawing board or something like that?"

A Concorde 2 was designed years ago as a follow-on but will never see the light of day despite increased capacity and more fuel-efficient engines which would have increased economics significantly above the first-generation SST; it still wouldn't be good enough in this day and age. But it's fun to dream, isn't it?
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:19 pm

If just two more carriers had operated Concorde, fares would have been a bit lower, the prices had a lot to do with the operating costs of a small, unique fleet, also giving the lie to the idea we got them 'free' (if you'd seen what I have on a historical project I was involved in recently, you'd realise that, as well as the imense challenge of running the fleet, even 20 years ago).
Though BA did do plenty of special deals over the years, and regular Club and 1st pax were often upgraded to Concorde, (much to the annoyance of a certain Mr Branson).
Then of course charters were ramped up from the mid 80s, allowing many people to experience Concorde at an affordable price.
That such flights were not really a part of the retirement celebrations was due to the gross mismanagement in BA Engineering over the last couple of years of it's life sadly.
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:34 pm

Actually I was going to nonrev on it, but my plans got screrwed up when the AF crashed (AF4590?). It was $830US one way positive space JFK-LRH or LHR-JFK. Unfortunatly I was too slow.
 
GDB
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RE: Fly Concorde

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:52 am

Here is what the last few years of BA Concorde should have looked like, given the problems of operating in a post Sept 11th environment and the terminal event of AF being forced to stop;

http://pub13.ezboard.com/fconcordesstfrm2.showMessage?topicID=2770.topic
 
crberkley
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RE: Fly Concorde

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:53 am

Doesn't dassault have a smaller type SST for on their drawing boards for their business jets?
 
GBOAC
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RE: Fly Concorde

Fri Jan 09, 2004 3:15 am

I'd be straight on the phone to BA with my credit card details!

Phil
 
GDB
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RE: Fly Concorde

Fri Jan 09, 2004 3:18 am

There is no real work going on with supersonic biz jets, lots of talk in years gone by, but nothing firm now, it's old news I'm afraid.
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Fri Jan 09, 2004 3:38 am

No. I am holding out for a ride on the XB-70
 
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RE: Fly Concorde

Fri Jan 09, 2004 3:45 am

Whatever GDB says about Concorde goes double for me. Not only are these rare birds not coming back, but those on display will stay that way. The AF Concorde "Fox-Alpha," one of the stars of the new Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum annex at IAD, had seen its interior gutted. No access to the interior is permitted.

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