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  • BDPversion1
    Senior Member
    • May 2003
    • 147

    #21
    Yes keep the old girl flying... shes got a few years left yet.

    Wow.... 31 vote for yes!!! This must be the highest amount of votes ever to contributed to a poll on this forum in its history???

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    • T5
      T5
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 6822

      #22
      The way I see it is that Concorde does have a few years of service left. Considering British Airways planned on flying the aircraft until 2010 (obviously hoping that a suitable replacement would be in action by this time), it must be able to last another 6 and a half years. Flying just once a day, it's hardly much of a strain on the aircraft.

      So it costs a bomb to maintain and fly the aircraft, it's expensive to fly on anyway, surely if the price is right and the aircraft is full, costs shouldn't be a problem.

      The fact that Concorde has had several pages in the press lately is something which I believe to have been blown out of proportion completely. Since the Summer of 2000 when the Concorde aircraft of Air France went down, the media have had negative views towards the aircraft, scaring the media consumers (us), making us not want to fly in style. Surely one fatal accident out of the thousands upon thousands of flights which the aircraft has flown is about average. Even if the aircraft has had near misses with bits falling off, that's all it is - a near miss. There has been no explosions, deaths or injuries as a result of technical and mechanical problems.

      Concorde has been a very poorly managed aircraft since 2000, particularly with British Airways. They've not made a great effort to reassure passengers that flying the aircraft is safe, this has resulted in near-empty aircraft, costing lots of to fly, meaning BA are breaking just about even or working at a loss.

      If they cannot properly run the aircraft, perhaps Virgin are the better option. British Airways fear that Branson's ideas could be a success and that profit could indeed be made from Concorde!
      Michael

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      • BDPversion1
        Senior Member
        • May 2003
        • 147

        #23
        Well said! Total agree. BA are frightened that some one else can make a go and succeed in something that turn to be a flop in the end.

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        • greekdude1
          Senior Member
          • Jan 2000
          • 3183

          #24
          Just about even or a slight loss T5? Uh, no. They are losing their asses with Concorde.

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          • mikeconnell
            Senior Member
            • May 2003
            • 287

            #25
            Agree Virgin should be allowed to buy Concorde if they think they can make a go of it, but disagree that they should get it for 1 as suggested elsewhere.

            Mike

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            • steve rowell
              Expat Geordie
              • Apr 2003
              • 13281

              #26
              Saw Richard Branson on telly here in melb last night ,launching his Virgin Visa card. When asked about his possible aquisition of the Concord fleet,he said that if he does buy them we would see them here in melbourne.
              Best Regards Steve

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