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On November 7, the Air France Concorde will once again be back in the skies.
"Concorde's return to service attests to our confidence in the future of Air France and in the future of the aviation industry. Throughout the world, this industry has been severely affected by the tragic events of September 11 and their repercussions," said Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Air France Chairman. "Concorde's return to New York is symbolic of Air France's tribute to the people of this city, to their strength and their strong resolve to rebuild," Spinetta added. "Within our own ranks, we have not forgotten the show of sympathy and support of many New Yorkers in the hours and days following the Concorde accident on July 25, 2000."
New York's Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, welcomed today's announcement. He said: "Concorde's return is symbolic of how all New Yorkers feel about rebuilding this great city. I am personally proud to welcome Concorde back to New York."
Starting on November 7, Air France Concorde will begin service from Paris to New York, marking the relaunch of supersonic travel on this route, with five weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
The new schedule offers greater convenience for passengers, with a departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport at 10:30 a.m. (replacing the previous departure at 11 a.m.), and arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 8:25 a.m. local time. This early morning arrival offers passengers numerous connections throughout North and South America, and minimizes waiting time at Customs and immigration.
On departure from New York to Paris, the Concorde will take off at 8 a.m., arriving at Paris-CDG at 5:45 p.m., thereby offering passengers 80 possible connections to major French and European cities via the Air France hub.
Both on board and on the ground, Concorde's customers will rediscover the gracious welcome and stylish service they have known in the past.
Concorde reservations and ticketing will be available as from Monday, October 15, 2001 at 4.00 pm (French time).