21st Century Concorde

British Airways` supersonic flagship Concorde is set to jet into the next century in style.

New seats, new bathrooms, interiors, tableware, and a new lounge at Heathrow are planned in a £14million programme of investment in British Airways` flagship for the year 2000.

The new look was designed following research with Concorde passengers who are being consulted again during the next two months for their views.

Bob Ayling, British Airways Chief Executive said: “We want to make the interior of Concorde as elegant as her exterior,” said “But we also want to ensure that our most regular passengers are involved and contributing to the plans.

London-based agency Factory Design, working with the British Airways` Design and Brand management teams, are developing the new product working with British seat experts Britax-Contour of Camberley, Surrey. Using new technology and lighter materials, the seat will have the dual benefits of offering greater levels of comfort and saving almost £1 million in fuel efficiencies.


Features of the new design include a cradle mechanism, footrest and contoured headrest providing more comfort and support.

Interior experts CD partnership led by Sir Terence Conran are advising on colours, fabrics and accessories.

A new glass pier for boarding is also planned for passengers at Heathrow and New York giving them a fantastic view of the aircraft as they board, in addition to an exclusive “penthouse” lounge.

Bob Ayling added: ” Concorde captures the spirit of innovation and excitement wherever she flies. This investment is a measure of our commitment to continue flying the only supersonic commercial aircraft well into the next millennium. ”