BA Doesn't Want More Virgin Competition | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.30.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.30.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

 

Tue, Jun 24, 2003

BA Doesn't Want More Virgin Competition

Taking Its Concordes Off Flying Status

Virgin International, whose bids for Concordes has risen a million-fold (from 1 pound Sterling each, to the current offer of $8.3 million, for the five remaining flying examples from BA's fleet), won't be getting the airliners. That's what British Airways is saying; and the Concordes are theirs to dispose of.

BA, through spokesmen, has said that the Concorde is simply finished flying; 2003 will be its last year. As for Sir Richard Branson's (seen below, right) bids, British says that the airliners are just too old, and require too much maintenance -- something they weren't saying when they were spending millions to bring the fleet into spec, just a couple years ago.

The Concorde, always a marginal contributor to both BA's and Air France's bottom lines, has been a money-loser since before the July, 2000 crash; but its prestige was never in doubt. Since September of 2001, though, with airlines' hitting harder-yet times, the Concordes' inordinate need for attention, and its decreasing profitability, have brought the beautiful old birds to the ground, probably for good.

Branson thinks he could make money with the Concorde

He issued a statement this weekend that said, "We have operators ready to help us keep it flying and would serve New York, Barbados -- and Dubai, a new destination for the plane." That may be, in fact, why BA doesn't want him to have it.

It was easy for British Airways management to reject Branson's original bid; the more-serious $8.3 million, though, can't be simply ignored. Now, British Airways spokeswoman Jo Devereux says simply, "The aircraft are not for sale."

BA also rejected a reported offer by Branson, of $1.66 million, to help set up a trust that would keep two Concordes in flying trim, for what he called, 'semi-commercial' use.

FMI: www.british-airways.com; www.virgin-atlantic.com

Advertisement

More News

For Real! HondaJet Receives Provisional TC From FAA

Next Big Step Taken In Honda's Plans For The Business Aviation Market The HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the FAA. This achievement indicates the FA>[...]

Klyde Morris (03.30.15)

Klyde's Got Worries... Lots Of Them FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

AeroSports Update: Aerobatic Powerhouse Julie Clark To Be At Sun ‘N Fun

Even The Best Airshow Performers In The World Need Sponsorships, And Julie Clark Has Just Announced She Will Be Sponsored By Tempest And Electroair At Sun-N-Fun 2015 Julie Clark Ai>[...]

Airborne 03.27.15: Cockpit Changes Announced, Maine v UAVs, NBAA v Santa Monica

Also: AirVenture Update, Barnstorming Opines On Media Aero-Reporting, NTSB Update, ERAU Scholarships, Doolittle Raiders, Tecnam P2010 The loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 due to wha>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.30.15)

“EAA AirVenture creates unmatched opportunities for people to see aircraft in one place that you cannot see anywhere else in the world. It’s only fitting that on the B->[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC