Concorde Services, 1976-2003
The Concorde represents the only supersonic commercial
service to be implemented and was abandoned in 2003 after close
to 30 years of operations. Interestingly, the four cities with regular Concorde service throughout
its lifetime were London and Paris - the hubs for the two flag carriers
whose governments had funded the project - and New York and Washington -
the financial and political capital of the world's richest economy.
Other services where attempted, albeit for a short duration as they
turned to be economically unprofitable. The short-lived services to
Dallas and Singapore were undertaken as joint services with Braniff
and Singapore Airlines, respectively. The most enduring service outside
the London-Paris-New York-Washington core was a winter only service
between London and Bridgetown (Barbados), an upscale tourist destination
and former British colony.