Concorde's last flight and withdrawal from operational service (video)
Concord it was a masterpiece of aeronautical engineering, a technological wonder, but also the largest financial disaster in aviation history. The Concorde Story began on 2 March 1969 and ended on 26 November 2003.
The last Concorde flight
On November 26, 2003, Concorde operated the last flight in its history and was retired from operational service. Air France and British Airways, the only air carriers that "enjoyed" the services of this plane, gave it up in 2003, 3 years after the only and tragic accident that took place on July 25, 2000.
The financial crisis, the attacks of September 11, 2001, the lack of orders and many other problems along the way, etc., also contributed to this decision. Plus the dwindling number of passengers who were willing to pay the hefty price of plane tickets.
Air France withdrew the Concorde fleet in the summer of 2003, the last commercial flight being operated on May 30 on the New York - Paris route. The last flight of a Concorde Air France plane was operated on June 27, 2003, when Concorde (F-BVFC) that retreats to Toulouse.
British Airways held a farewell tour in North America in October 2003. On 1 October 2003, Concorde (G-BOAG) arrived at the airport Toronto Pearson International, and the next one on the list was New York John F. Kennedy International.
On October 8, 2013, Concorde (G-BOAD) landed at the airport Boston Logan International. On 14 October, Concorde (G-BOAG) arrived at the airport Washington Dulles International.
The fastest transatlantic flight was on the route Heathrow - New York JFK, on February 7, 1996, recording 2h: 52m: 59s.
Among those who paid 20 000 dollars and enjoyed the amenities of the Concorde plane are: Elton John, Sting, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, Luciano Pavarotti, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, Mike Tyson, Annie Lennox and Rod Stewart. From Romania, I learned that Ilie Nastase was a Concorde fan.