Concorde fan club wants to put the plane back in the skies by 2019
The Concorde's final flight took place on October 23rd, 2003 — nearly 12 years ago. In another four years, however, it could once again be approved for lift off for charter flights.
The U.K.-based Club Concorde International, comprised of former Concorde pilots and charterers, and current enthusiasts, has raised roughly $186 million to put a Concorde back into commission.
Before 2019, though, it wants to put one on the River Thames.
he two-part plan begins with purchasing a Concorde currently stationed at Orly Airport in France — paid for by an initial $62 million investment. The Concorde would be restored and placed on a specially designed platform near the London Eye over the River Thames as a tourist attraction.
The club would then charge roughly $25 per entrant and offer meals like those originally served on the Concorde.
Once that phase of the plan is off the ground, the second portion of the plan, the "Return to Flight" project, is to purchase a second Concorde, currently housed at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. The plane would also be restored, and would then be offered as a private charter — ideal for a London to Monaco flight, for example — or as a flyover spectacle for airshows.
The Club Concorde International plans to have the London attraction completed by late 2016 and wheels up on the second plane by 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Concorde's inaugural flight.
If things go well financially for the endeavor, the club would like to launch a second charter Concorde in the future.