Supersonic Nostalgic: Concorde Celebrates 40th Anniversary of its Maiden Flight

  • Concorde's maiden flight was from London to Bahrain in 1976. (Photo courtesy of British Airways)

    Concorde's maiden flight was from London to Bahrain in 1976. (Photo courtesy of British Airways)

  • Concorde accommodated a total of 100 passengers.

    Concorde accommodated a total of 100 passengers.

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Sleek, slender, and supersonic speed—these are some of the words still used today to describe the iconic delta-winged supersonic jet that is Concorde. This week the legendary aircraft celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first commercial flight in 1976 with British Airways, where it flew from London to Bahrain. Despite having been put out of service in 2003, Concorde continues to retain its status among many as the embodiment of the ultimate air travel experience, something it remains worthy of considering the record it still holds for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a civil aircraft: New York to London in two hours, 52 minutes, and 29 seconds. Its maiden also set the tone for modern air travel services, where passengers were treated to an exquisite menu that featured Dom Perignon 1969 champagne and Havana cigars whilst overlooking the amazing vistas of the Earth’s curvature.

For more information, visit British Airways.

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