On Tuesday 24 June 2003, Air France`s Concorde F-BVFB will leave Paris-Charles de Gaulle for the last time bound for Germany. It will leave its parking stand at Terminal 2A at CDG at 10.30 a.m. and will take off around 10.45 a.m. It will then fly a supersonic loop over the Atlantic and will land at Karlsruhe / Baden - Baden airport at 12.45 p.m.
The crew of this flight will be made up of Flight Captain Jean-Louis Ch‰telain, First officer Robert Vacchiani and Flight Engineer Rémy Pivet, as well as Nathalie Goubet Daudey as Chief Purser.
The F-BVFB carries the serial number 7 and entered the Air France fleet on 8 April 1976. It flew around the world between 1 and 21 September 1988, travelling 47,572 km in 38 hours and 13 minutes. In total, it has flown 14,771 hours and performed 5,473 flights.
” Concorde has profoundly marked the history of Air France “, underlined Air France Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta. ” 27 years of achievement, records broken, passion shared, and a tragedy on 25 July 2000 which will remain forever in our minds, as will the memory of the crew members and passengers of flight 4590 which crashed just after take-off. The homage we wish to pay to the victims of this crash, which we know had a profound effect on the people of Germany, naturally led Air France to donate one of its Concordes to the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim, one of the most prestigious aviation museums in the world. ”
” Air France has vowed to keep Concorde alive. By donating it to the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim, we know that the F-BVFB will be preserved in the best possible conditions, and will be admired by as many people as possible.”, added Jean-Cyril Spinetta,