Forget about the 3 1/2 hour flight time of the Concorde “1”, Concorde-2 will cross the Atlantic from New York to London in just one hour according to a new patent filed by Airbus. The patent was approved back in July and calls for three separate engines (a rocket motor, turbojets, and ramjets). The jet will be able to seat 19 passengers and fly at 4.5X the speed of sound. Airbus notes that military use is a possibility. Check out the full details at Conde Nast here.
In other Concorde news, Club Concorde, a group of ex-pilots, maintainers, engineers, airline execs and Concorde enthusiasts has unveiled a plan that aims to put a Concorde back in the air by 2019, and supposedly they have a pile of cash to see their plans through to fruition. Check out the specifics of their plans over at Flight Club.
A flight on the Concorde was one of the most luxurious award redemptions available at the time. How many miles/points did it cost? It was very program dependent! Did you know that you were able to redeem AA, Continental, Delta, US, and SPG points and miles amongst other foreign award currencies for a free award trip on the Concorde? As all seats were considered First, the rates weren’t that bad…especially with the SPG Qantas trick –
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