Archive Story : 19-08-01

BA staff to take part in operational assessment flights

British Airways are set to offer their staff the chance to fly on 6 service proving flights they will undertake with Concorde. The flights, will take place before the aircraft officially re-enters passenger service but after the CofA has been returned, will enable BA staff to tweak the in flight and ground service levels to the high standards expected by Concorde's fare paying Passengers.

BA engineering staff who have working on getting the aircraft airborne will be first offered the places while the other available places will be balloted amongst the airlines worldwide staff. According to a BA spokesperson, in conversation with the UK's Press Association, Six flights in total will take place. The first 4 flights will head out over the Atlantic but return to Heathrow after a 3 and a half hour flight while another will be a 2 flight round trip to New York and back. Concorde can take up to 100 passengers but it is not known if it is planned to run the aircraft at full capacity of these training flights.

The dates of these flights have not been released but if known in advance I will try publish them on this page for anyone wishing to see Concorde at Heathrow or New York.