Friday, May 06, 2005
I recently watched a documentary on the rise and fall of Concorde. (That's probably a poor phrase to use in conjunction with any aircraft.)
The documentary included a interview with Henry Kissinger, who praised the merits of the Concorde except that its aristocratic clientele usually recognized him. These passengers would then pummel him with airborne polemic, preventing him from accomplishing work. Others interviewed described the denizens of the supersonic cabin as "clubby" or "a little club."
The reasons given in the documentary for the aircraft's eventual retirement in 2003 were
- Reduced passenger load after the first crash of a Concorde in 2000
- Rising maintenance costs as the aircraft aged
- September 11