Update at 5.25 pm BST: British Airways’ Concorde operations have continued as normal today (Wednesday, July 26) and are planned to operate as scheduled tomorrow.
The airline’s two supersonic services this morning operated as usual - flight BA001, which left Heathrow for New York a few minutes after its 10.30 am BST scheduled departure time with 49 passengers on board, and the BA002, which left JFK for Heathrow at 8.45 am EST with 22 passengers, which is expected to land at Heathrow at 5.25 pm BST. These passenger loads are typical for this time of the year.
The BA003 is preparing to leave Heathrow at 7 pm BST this evening, with the BA004 from New York expected to dock at the airport’s Terminal 4 from JFK at 10.25 pm.
All four scheduled flights tomorrow are planned to operate as normal.
Mike Street, Director of Customer Services and Operations, said: “British Airways’ first concern always is safety. All our aircraft are subject to continuing and exhaustive safety checks.
“We have complete confidence in our Concorde aircraft. We cancelled last night’s two services, while initial information on the Air France tragedy was still coming in.
“Now we have had initial information from Air France and other relevant organisations from yesterday’s incident. We have carried out extensive checks overnight to our Concordes operating today - to engines, airframe, hydraulic and other systems. We have liaised closely with the relevant air safety authorities and the aircraft and engine manufacturers.
“We believe there is no technical, safety or operational evidence to suggest that Concorde should not operate safely into the future. We have had no information from Air France or the French or British airworthiness authorities which leads us to believe that we should ground British Airways’ Concorde fleet.
“Meantime, our thoughts and sympathies remain with our colleagues at Air France, and all those involved in this tragedy. We have been in touch with Air France regularly since yesterday’s tragedy and have offered any assistance we can provide.”
The airline has briefed passengers booked on today’s flight on its plans, and all were offered the opportunity to switch to subsonic aircraft.
British Airways services to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle have been operating as normal today.