Concorde devotees loved its glamour, its look, and its celebrity cargo. Above all, they loved its speed. And if there were gripes about noise or wasting fuel . . . well, for most of the world that $12,000 round-trip was a champagne-and-caviar-filled fantasy. David Kamp of Vanity Fair considers the 27-year reign of “the white bird,” the misfortunes that grounded it, and the slender hope that its needle nose will rise again.
I randomly came across this seven page Vanity Fair article from 2003 that you must check out if you’re an aviation geek or Concorde enthusiast.
I’ve always been a huge Concorde fan but unfortunately I had just gotten into the points game as the jet was being retired from active service. That surely would have been a cool redemption though!
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 –