Concorde Fan Club Wants The Plane To Fly Again
24th of October marks the 12th anniversary of the final Concorde flight. The supersonic passenger jet that could fly at the speed of Mach 2.04 first took off in 1969, entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years until 2003.
After the September 11 attack in 2001, there was a general downturn in the aviation industry, and Airbus decided to discontinue maintenance service, which led to the retirement of the Concorde. However, it is possible that in another 4 years the Concorde could again be approved for lift off.
The U.K-based Club Concorde International, comprised of former Concorde pilots and enthusiasts, wants to raise money to see the plane fly again. It has raised $186 million to put the plane back in the skies by 2019.
The plan is divided in two parts with the first phase being the purchase of a Concorde that is currently stationed at Orly Airport in France. This will be a $62 million investment. The plane will then be placed on a specially designed platform near the London Eye over the River Thames and will be kept there as a tourist attraction for which the Club would charge $25 per person.
Once this phase takes off, the second part of the plan will be purchasing a second Concorde stationed at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. The plane would be offered as a private charter or as a flyover spectacle. If this plan becomes financially successful, the Club would like to charter a second Concorde in the future.
It’s a noble goal, but Concorde no longer has a valid type certificate, which is a requirement to legally carry passengers commercially. Unless there is a plan for re certification, a return to flight with paying passengers aboard is a non-starter.