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Thursday, 20 September, 2001, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Concorde's return set to go ahead
Concorde
A series of test flights have been carried out
British Airways is set to resume Concorde flights to New York next month despite last week's terror attacks and the announcement that it is to axe thousands of jobs.

The passenger flights had been scheduled to resume from London in October before two hijacked planes were flown into the New York's World Trade Center last Tuesday.

In the wake of the attacks, BA has announced that it is to cut 5,200 jobs. This is on top of 1,800 job losses announced before last week's atrocities.


October was the date prior to what happened in New York and that is still the date we have in mind

BA spokeswoman
The company confirmed on Thursday that it will stick to its timetable for Concorde's return despite the attacks and cut backs, although no firm date has been set as yet.

A spokesman for BA said: "We are still very much committed to returning Concorde to commercial service.

"We are keeping in close contact with our frequent fliers and will gauge reaction in terms of demand and sensitivity.

"October was the date prior to what happened in New York and that is still the date we have in mind."

Grounded

Air France, which also has a fleet of Concorde, had planned to resume commercial services in November. It has not confirmed if it will continue with the same timetable.

The British and French aviation authorities agreed earlier this month to return the airworthiness certificates for the planes.

Both company's Concorde fleets have been grounded since one crashed near Paris in July 2000, killing 113 people.

The air worthiness certificates were withdrawn following the accident.

Both airlines have made extensive modifications to their fleets to prevent a repeat of last year's crash, caused when debris from a burst tyre pierced a fuel tank, resulting in a fatal fire.

Bullet-proof

Tougher tyres have been introduced, fuel tanks have been fitted with a bullet-proof lining, and other procedural changes have been made.

The modifications performed well in successful test flights conducted by BA.

The Civil Aviation Authority and its French equivalent, the DGAC, have agreed to return the certificate to the first Concordes to be completely modified.

BA needs three Concordes back in service before passenger flights can be resumed.

It and Air France each have one plane that meets the requirements, while two others are in the process of being modified.


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