More than a year after the crash near Paris which killed 113 people, Concorde, the world’s only supersonic passenger jet, is set to resume its transatlantic service on November 7.
British Airways and Air France announced that the first flights will be for corporate customers and the media, with full passenger service beginning on the 9th. The resumption of the flights, which take only three hours from London to New York, comes at a time when the entire aviation industry is struggling in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11.
All the remaining Concordes have been extensively refitted with stronger tires and their fuel tanks have been lined with puncture resistant Kevlar. The planes have undergone extensive test flights, and regained airworthiness certificates earlier this month.
The difficult economic environment and the added costs of aviation insurance make it unclear whether BA’s seven Concordes and Air France’s five will still earn money, but New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani welcomed the announcement that the flights would be resumed as a symbol of the city’s commitment to rebuild and recover from the disasters..
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