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Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:43 am

When the Concorde was in service, how easy was it to fly as a nonrev on it? I was going through Sabre one time and came across one of the listings that still had the Concorde on it. Was it easy to get on just for BA employees? What kind of chance did other airline employees have of getting on it?
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:51 am

Quoting COewrAAtysAZ (Thread starter):
When the Concorde was in service, how easy was it to fly as a nonrev on it?

I have heard more then once they did not allow Non-Rev on the Concorde. How true that is I don't know, but it makes sense. Back in its hay-day it flew full almost all the time, plus the client base that was on it really didn't want the 'lower class' around them.

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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:33 am

There were staff fares that were available to BA and other carrier's staff. My first non-rev on Concorde (1993) the fare was, I think, GBP500.00 for BA staff and GBP750 or other airline staff. The ticket was positive space, (well, as long as no one with a revenue ticket showed up). Space availabe travel was not generally available on Concorde.

Seating for "non-revs" was generally confined to the second cabin, rows 13-26 but on this trip I was in 4D, next to the then-president of Snapple.

My last of 4 Concorde flights was in 2003 was free as it was the delivery/retirement flight of G-BOAG from JFK to BFI.

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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:33 am

My father non-reved on the Concorde. It was a positioning flight from JFK to ICT to pick up a charter group. He spent about 20 minutes in flight in the cockpit. This was in 1996. HP was the ground handler for the Concorde's ICT operation for this charter.
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:53 am

I remember a deal offered to other airline employees for a time which I believe was positive space on BA (as of a couple of days prior to the flight, but one has to wonder HOW positive) one direction and a 747 seat the other, for around US$500. I think to/from IAD only, not JFK. I will never forgive myself for not signing up, in spite of the fact that it was a lot of money then, to me.
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:57 am

I flew non-rev on G-BOAE from JFK to LHR in 1997 for $700.00.
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:42 pm

DL_Mech,
Was that a positive space or space avail?
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:10 pm

AF had a great employee travel program on the Concorde after it returned to service in 2002. It was something like $499 one way, positive space, however seats were very tightly regulated. I believe there were less than 10 seats allocated to employees on each flight (not bad since the aircraft had less than 100 seats to begin with). Flew along with 3 of my friends (buddy passes) from JFK-CDG connecting to AMS and was in downtown Amsterdam about 6 hours after leaving New York...ahhh the good old days.

In addition, if I remember correctly, AF employees were also allowed to pass ride on the BA Concorde as well.
 
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:26 pm

Quoting COewrAAtysAZ (Reply 6):
Was that a positive space or space avail?

It was positive space......sort of. IIRC, you could only confirm your seat 72 hours in advance and (as stated above) I'm sure you could be booted if a full fare Z class passenger showed up.
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:51 pm

The only time I "flew" on Concorde, was in December 1980, I remember very little as it was roughly three months before I was born!!! My dad had arranged a non-rev trip for my mum as a birthday present.

Quoting C133 (Reply 4):
one direction and a 747 seat the other, for around US$500.

This was the deal my mum used. That said, I'm pretty sure it was to JFK???
 
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:39 pm

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 5):
I flew non-rev on G-BOAE from JFK to LHR in 1997 for $700.00.

I wouldn't exactly call a $700 fare, nonrev. You basically flew on a special, and highly discounted fare, similar to the old, last minute standby fares.
 
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:55 pm

Quoting Airbazar (Reply 10):
I wouldn't exactly call a $700 fare, nonrev.

I guess $700 is "nothing" to some people.  Smile

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
the client base that was on it really didn't want the 'lower class' around them.

There were Concorde flights on the Hotline list (or what ever it's called). A friend of my dad is ex-BA and could have arranged JFK return flights for us for about £1800 each, as I recall. Unfortunately, we only got access to those flights just before the retirement was announced and by the time we decided to go for it, Concorde flights had been withdrawn from the list.
 
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RE: Flying Nonrev On The Concorde

Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:57 pm

Quoting AirFranceJFK (Reply 7):
(not bad since the aircraft had less than 100 seats to begin with).

Actually, it was slightly more than 100, but still.
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