You may not be aware, but the Concord never made a profit. It was subsidized from the beginning. The income from the tickets sold never paid for the fuel, crew, and the cost of the aircraft. It was just a convenience for persons who had to get to and from Europe in the shortest time. Most airports in the U.S. would not allow the Concord to travel to and land there because of the louder than usual noise from it. It was a bad idea from the start.I wonder could they rebuild the Concorde and fly faster then the newly 787?
They could have done the math; the cost of fuel, the cost of operation, the cost of developing a SST. Then they could have figured out what a ticket would have to cost to make a profit. If they had bothered, they would have known what they were getting into.Dahermit, while I agree with most of the points you make. Mentioning concorde was a bad idea from the start isnt quite fair. If one goes back to the time during its development there was serious hope that SST(super-sonic transport) would be the wave of the future. The idea, work and development was noble. Just high costs and regulations killed the longevity of it.
actually, it started out as a good thing. do you mock the space program tooThought those were all tucked away in museums.
Another brilliant example of government doing "what the market can't do", or actually, doing what nobody wants.
the environmentalists of the day helped kill it. i remember hearing about this as i was a kid who grew up next to a major airport...The United States had cancelled its supersonic transport (SST) programme in 1971. Two designs had been submitted; the Lockheed L-2000, looking like a scaled-up Concorde, lost out to the Boeing 2707, which was intended to be faster, to carry 300 passengers and feature a swing-wing design.
being a conservative reactionary you would've been for it before you were against it.The Boeing 2707 was developed as the first American supersonic transport (SST). After winning a competition for a government-funded contract to build an American SST, Boeing began development at its facilities in Seattle, Washington. Rising costs, the lack of a clear market, and increasing outcry over the environmental effects of the aircraft—notably sonic boom—led to its cancellation in 1971 before two prototypes had been completed.