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Supersonic Concorde 10 years in service and still confounding critics
[SA1 Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Jay Clarke Special to The Star
Date: Jan 18, 1986
Start Page: G.20
Section: TRAVEL
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Yet, though the Concorde has been flying commercially since 1976, it has called at only a relative handful of the world's cities. Just five cities today are served regularly by the Concorde - London, Paris, New York, Washington and Miami - and the plane has made stops at perhaps only three dozen others. So, unlike other airline jets, only a few million people have ever seen a Concorde, much less ridden in one.

[Miamian Donald Pevsner] and Lorraine Travel Bureau were so enthused by the success of the Aruba flight that they have organized five more Concorde packages out of Miami to Montreal, Caracas, Panama city, Antigua and Aruba again, and have tentatively scheduled others to Iceland, Shannon (Ireland), Bermuda, the Caribbean and Canada this year. The Jordan Marsh department store chain is co-promoting the flights. Most are priced under $1,000, provide one way by Concorde and the other by regular subsonic jet, and include hotel accommodations and airport transfers.

The real bulwark of the burgeoning charter operations, however, has been the Cunard Line. The steamship company since 1983 has operated a successful and fast-growing program that combines a one- way transatlantic voyage on the Queen Elizabeth 2 with a one-way Concorde flight to or from selected U.S. cities for only $599 above the regular ship fare. Since then, Cunard has quadrupled the number of Concorde seats under its QE2 program, accounting for 75 per cent of all the British Airways charters.

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