CONCORDE will be back in passenger service next month after air regulators yesterday finally approved a package of modifications to the supersonic aircraft
A BRITISH Airways Concorde has taken off from London today - less than 24 hours after one of the supersonic aircraft
crashed in Paris, killing 113 people.
What is also remarkable is that 48 years later there are no commercial supersonic aircraft
flying in the skies overhead.
A supersonic aircraft
will be tested by Japan's space agency in the coming weeks as part of its bid to launch a successor to the Concorde.
Concorde is to visit Birmingham International Airport as part of a round-Britain farewell tour with winners of a competition getting the chance to fly on the supersonic aircraft
, British Airways announced today.
BA currently operates the supersonic aircraft
between Heathrow and New York's JFK airport as well as flying occasionally between London and Barbados.
Future supersonic aircraft
almost certainly would not have this exemption.O A second obstacle to reintroducing supersonic flight would be the greater fuel burn per passenger mile Oby roughly a factor of 2.0 to 2.5 over subsonic aircraft.
Experts claim the supersonic aircraft
hit a piece of stray titanium from another aircraft, puncturing its tyre which set off a chain reaction that caused the disaster.
A likely home for the one remaining Concorde that could continue flying would be Filton in Bristol, where the supersonic aircraft
was built and which is now the Airbus UK site for BAE Systems.
BRITISH Airways has moved closer to resuming Concorde commercial flights after completing safety modifications on a second of its seven supersonic aircraft