British Airways Concorde G-BOAD has had its certificate of airworthiness restored and has carried out its first passenger flight on Sunday February 10th 2002.
Alpha Delta had completed a successful second air-test two days before being designated as the prime aircraft for Sundays BA001 service from London Heathrow to New York.
Concorde G-BOAD departed from Heathrow's Terminal 4, on time, at 10:30 and was airborne at 10:45. The BA001 arrived at New York's JFK airport at a little after 9am EST and the aircraft returned to Heathrow as the BA002, landing at 21:53.
As is regularly the case on a Sunday, a small crown gathered to see Concorde depart from Heathrow's northern runway. The availability of a 4th serviceable Concorde in the fleet will make life easier for BA's Concorde engineering teams to complete scheduled maintenance on the aircraft, as well as guaranteeing the continued availability of a standby aircraft for the prestigious BA001 service.