Airlines that wanted to use the Concorde

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    that is such a slick bird, wish i'd been able to ride in one :(.
     
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    The SQ Concorde was painted in BA colours on the other side. It flew LHR-BAH with BA crew, changed in BAH for SQ crew and went on to SIN. The routing changed during the short time the aircraft was actually in service on the route. I was lucky enough to fly quite a few times on that route:
    http://www.concordesst.com/history/events/sia.html

    The Braniff one also saw service. That one was weirder. They did two services. One with AF and the other with BA. Both were IAD-DFW. The aircraft did not have Braniff colors, but each airplane was deregistered from the UK and France respectively, reregistered as US, then operated by Braniff crews. That was to comply with US prohibition of foreign aircraft operating on domestic routes.
    http://www.concordesst.com/history/events/braniff.html

    I was lucky enough to fly each of those routes.

    One of the most momentous events of my life involved Concorde. In 1978, I was living in Bahrain. I woke up one morning and decided I wanted to marry a young lady I had met the previous year in Rio de Janeiro. Quoting Billy Chrystal, "once you decide you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you want the rest of your life to begin as soon as possible". So I flew Concorde BAH-LHR on BA, crossed the channel and flew Concorde on AF CDG-DKR-GIG, whereupon I proposed to Mrs. jbc. As it happened she told me I was crazy, but still eventually agreed to marry me and the rest is history.

    I wish I'd flown on other routes too, but I did fly Concorde more than a few times, and still use my BA Concorde coasters and a passport wallet. I gave lots of them away.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    She is!:D
     
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    Best Story Ever- thanks for sharing!
     
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    Me too, it was always "way" too expensive. :( Having said this, I'm happy to fly in the first place. :)
     
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    Awesome.
     
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    There was a very good deal on for a while with the American Express Plat card where you paid for First on BA and got a one way on the Concorde upgrade free of charge- this was back in the days when the Platinum card was actually valuable ;)
     
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    So when are Boeing and Airbus going to develop the next super-sonic airliner?! Or is Virgin Aerospace Galactic going to be a viable option for rapid trans-ocean flight first?
     
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    I think I remember that. I did not have it, but IIRC a colleague did that a few times.
     
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    I always wanted to do that but the dates didn't work and then the Concorde was gone. IIRC there was a similar deal with QEII that I was eyeing, to cross the Atlantic in one direction on a famous ocean liner. That would have been much harder to schedule.
     
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    Sorry, but this picture just looks wrong. The 747 is the iconic SQ aircraft, perhaps to be replaced by the A380.

    The Concorde should be shown in AF or perhaps BA livery.
     
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    Great post!
     
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    I rather liked this one, the only one that actually carried any livery other than AF or BA. It was semi-iconic at the time for SQ too. OTOH, Slumberette #1 will remain the iconic seat on SQ 747's as long as I live.
     
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    When the last flights were announced, BA flew Concorde YYZ-JFK for a few weeks I think and the (subsonic) flight was priced at $750 one way. I hesitated for a few hours trying to juggle work schedule, and all flights were sold out by the time I'd decided to pull the trigger. :(
     
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    I would love to have a poster of this! Any ideas for places I could find this? Or is there a way to make an online image into something of a nicer quality poster?
     
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    Agreed- if there was a poster of this I would buy it for sure.
     
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    I agree, happy to fly - although would be happier if i got back to my non-work-related weekend flights :)
     
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