PASSENGER OPERATIONS

The fight to save Concorde, Concorde flights, Concorde Passengers, Concorde at Heathrow, New York & Paris

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“You cannot become blase about flying Concorde. You have to fly it with precision. You are on the edge of space – travelling faster than a rifle bullet”.

Captain Mike Bannister – chief pilot. Concorde Fleet

During what was almost 28 supersonic years of Concorde, every flight was an occasion, an experience to savor, a chance to reflect on Man’s ingenuity, on the sophisticated engineering and breathtaking technology that could take you soaring high, into the dark blue of the stratosphere, on the edge of space, in comfort, in peerless style. Yet for all its glamour, Concorde was far more than a status symbol. Those who flew this famous aircraft were people of distinction in business, in government, in the arts. They flew Concorde because they valued their time, because quite simply it made sound business sense. The standard return fare from London to New York in 2003 was £6,636

When time was of the essence, Concorde proved itself indispensable. Taking the morning flight from Heathrow westbound to the USA, passengers reached their destination before they took off: while eastbound flights to London arrived the same day and in good time for onward connections. Priority treatment was given to the passengers on the ground as a further hallmark of the Concorde experience. Discrete check-in facilities were complemented by dedicated customer service staff, Concorde was the supreme expression of aeronautical excellence for its passengers, and has been assured of its landmark status in the annals of civil aviation.


Click on the links below for further info of  the 27 years of Concorde passenger operations!


First Scheduled Services

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The most exciting piece of Airline hardware in years enters service at last, as British Airwys & Air France look to find routes for their new Concordes fleets


Cabin & Passenger Experience

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What you could expect to experience as a Concorde class passenger compared to other passenger aircraft




Seasonal Schedules & Charter Flights

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.World records, flights for the affluent and less affluent and the charter companies




British Airways Passenger Seating 2001 – 2003

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In 1999 British Airways commissioned the London based agency “Factory design”, working with Terence Conran, to improve the experience of flying Concorde.




British Airways Passenger Seating 1993-2001

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During May and June 1993, British Airways upgraded the interiors of there fleet of seven Concordes. This section deals with the new leather passenger seating that would last until “Project Rocket” in 2001



Cabin Interiors

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Photo’s of the passenger cabin designs schemes, from the 1970’s – 2003

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Passenger Menus – British Airways

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Fine food and wines, all served in the very special ambience of Concorde on the edge of space


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Passenger Menus – Air France

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The beautiful food and wines served on a typical Atlantic crossing between Paris CDG and New York JFK

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Famous Concorde Passengers

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Concorde was a magnet for the rich & famous, sports & rock stars, politicians, actors, supermodels & royalty

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Concorde Destinations

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British Airways Concorde destinations from London Heathrow airport


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Concorde and the QE2

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The unique air/sea program- the worlds fastest jet liner & the worlds most famous cruise liner



Operations – London Heathrow

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Scheduled Concorde Services Departing & Arriving at London-Heathrow, including the Heathrow passenger experience

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Operations – Paris CDG

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Air France scheduled Concorde Services Departing & Arriving at Paris CDG

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Operations – New York JFK

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Photo’s of the passenger experience at JFK.



Concorde advertisements – British Airways

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British Airways Concorde marketing campaigns – printed adverts and TV adverts



Concorde advertisements – Air France

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Air France Concorde marketing campaigns – printed adverts and TV adverts

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Concorde tickets, boarding passes and Baggage Labels

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Photo’s of the above items from the nearly 28 years of Concorde operations.

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Concorde flight crews – British Airways

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Full listings of all the British Airways Captains, pilots and Flight Engineers

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Concorde flight crews – Air France

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Full listings of Air France Captains, pilots and Flight Engineers

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Braniff Airways Concorde Operations

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Concorde services operated by Braniff Airways between Dallas & Washington DC

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Singapore Airlines Concorde Operations

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The joint operations between Singapore Airlines & British Airways 1977 – 1980

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Operational Issues

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Considering the nature of Concorde’s design and the operations it undertook, Concorde was remarkably reliable and trouble free during its service life, any problems which has arisen have been reasonably easy to fix

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Flight Incident Reports

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British CAA incident reports regarding situations during Concorde flights

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Concorde Flight Plans

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Learn how can you read the Concorde flight plans as it seems to be just a bunch of letters and numbers

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Concorde Voice Recordings

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Listen to voice recordings between Concorde crew and air traffic control, plus other interesting recordings

BA CONCORDE CABIN CREW & STORIES

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The charters flights were fun for the crews, when they flew somewhere different and off network where crew were treated like celebrities signing autographs for people just because they were Concorde Cabin Crew

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OF CONCORDE

Concorde operated on three specific Concorde only ‘tracks’ across the North Atlantic Ocean, these tracks formed part of the North Atlantic Track system.

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PAN AM – EVALUATION OF CONCORDE

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Captain Scott Flower, Chief-Pilot Technical, who had done most of the original evaluation work and design discussions with the Concorde manufacturers, was due to retire before the airplane was likely to be presented for company evaluation. He, therefore, determined to select a pilot who would fly the airplane and who would be trained in advance by the company.

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BRITISH AIRWAYS & CONCORDE

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BA was always a passionate supporter of Concorde, always exceeding Air France in terms of routes, flight hours, and marketing. With the exception of its 2000-01 grounding, BA operated double daily flights from Heathrow to JFK for 25 years. Additionally, London to Barbados was a regular scheduled once per week flight until nearly the end.

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE CONTROLLING CONCORDE AT HEATHROW

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There was a time when Heathrow would come to a standstill on a daily basis to watch and listen to a very special aircraft, almost as if someone had pressed the pause button on the frantic pace of life at the airport.

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