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Tuesday, 6 November, 2001, 18:02 GMT
Picture gallery: Concorde flies again
Concorde returns to passenger service on Wednesday with both British Airways and Air France operating flights to New York.

Flying from London, BA's chief Concorde pilot, Mike Bannister will take the aircraft to heights of almost 60,000ft and speeds of up to 1,350mph in a trip that is likely to take just three hours 20 minutes.


British Airways is hoping Concorde will lift spirits after a sharp plunge in profits

Captain Mike Bannister has been flying the luxurious supersonic aircraft since 1977
Captain Mike Bannister has been flying supersonic jets since 1977


Passengers will pay 7,000 to sit in Concorde's interior remodelled by Terence Conran

Concorde's specially reinforced tyres are checked by engineers
Concorde's specially reinforced tyres are checked by engineers


Concorde flights generate about 20m a year for British Airways

Last minute work is carried out at Heathrow ahead of the first commercial flight
Last minute work is carried out at Heathrow ahead of the big day


Captain Bannister has kept his skills sharp by using a simulator during Concorde's refit

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02 Nov 01 | UK Politics
Blair boosts Concorde's return
17 Jul 01 | UK
BA woos Concorde customers
15 Oct 01 | Business
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