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  Concorde to be grounded for good
Updated 10 April 2003, 15.45
Concorde
Concorde flights are to end after more than 30 years of posh air travel.

British Airways and Air France who fly Concorde planes said the flights would end for good in the autumn.

Fact File
Concorde's problems since 2000
20 February: Emergency landing after engine problems
12 January: Nose cone malfunctions
27 Nov 02: Part of tail rudder falls off
6 Nov 02: Engine fails, sparking panic
3 Nov 02: Plane turns round after engine failure
30 Oct 02: Speed cut after window cracks spotted
July 02: Problem after engine power surge
April 02: Engine failure causes mid-air 'bang'
March 02: Take-off abandoned after computer glitch
Nov 01: Flight aborted over engine reheats

The popularity of the famous supersonic jets hasn't been the same since an Air France Concorde crashed near Paris in 2000, killing 113 people.

Since then not enough people have been paying the supersonic fares to go on it and it's just getting too expensive to keep in the air.

British Airways want to end their historic flights with some special ticket deals.

Deals from London to New York include:

  • One-way ticket and normal airline jet return in economy class for 1,999
  • One-way on Concorde and normal airline jet return in business class (Club World) for 2,999
  • One-way on Concorde and normal airline jet return in first class for 3,499
  • One Concorde return flight for 3,999.

So get your pocket money out!

Problems

Customers on board Concorde to watch an eclipse
Watching an eclipse on board Concorde

There had been reports Concorde would stop flying in 2007.

But since the Paris crash, there have been lots of little scares for the plane.

It won't be the end for Concorde though. The planes themselves will be heading for a cosy retirement in museums.

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