The return of Concorde?

US start-up Boom Supersonic wants to bring back superspeed air-travel. Richard Branson and Japan Airlines are already on board.

by Arun Kakar

Where were you 14 years ago when Concorde took its final flight? Hopefully nowhere near the plane itself, which often exceeded a whopping 110 perceived noise decibels in its pomp. Yet while NIMBYs may have cheered its final departure, the time-poor transatlantic traveller still misses that three-hour London-to-New-York travel time.

In an age where we’re legitimately worried about hyper-intelligent robots taking our jobs, you’d have thought supersonic flights would have been a piece of cake, but the forces that grounded Concorde are there.

Back in the day, Concorde was dogged by huge overheads, notoriously inefficient fuel consumption and, as a result, tickets that were really bloody expensive - a standard single fare would set you back £4,000 in 2003, or about £5,800 if adjusted for inflation.

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