Thread: Concorde Blues
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Procrustus View Post
The plane was expensive to operate and maintain, and was reaching the end of it's life span.
To reinforce this last point:

The Concorde was developed in the 1960s, and first flew in 1969 (though it didn't enter commercial service until 1976). Even if we go with the 1976 operational date, that gives it a 27 year service lifespan (with the fleet retired in 2003).

A number of other commercial airliner models were also developed / introduced in the 1960s, and a number of them -- such as the DC-10, L-1011, and 727 -- were also largely retired from passenger service at about that same time.

That said, several 1960s-vintage models -- the 737, 747, and DC-9 (reworked as the MD-80, MD-90, and 717) -- are still in active service, but those were highly popular models, and, thanks to ongoing orders for new aircraft, have seen regular updates and revisions. With only 20 Concordes ever produced (and none after 1979), there was never that same drive to update the plane.

Also -- and this has been touched on -- Concorde's reason for being was the high-end business traveler. But, due to its narrow body, it had a cramped interior, and was not nearly as comfortable as the more luxurious first class / business class cabins on later airplanes.

Last edited by kenobi 65; 07-19-2016 at 02:01 PM.