Encore, Encore

A faster, bigger Concorde could cost $10 billion or more

"Welcome aboard the last ever Concorde flight. Tomorrow this aircraft will join its sister planes in a well-earned retirement."

In the year 2005, such an announcement could greet the passengers crammed into the slim fuselage of the last Concorde in service. But frequent Concorde flyers will be happy to learn that the crunch may never come. Last week British Aerospace and Aerospatiale of France said they will spend $36 million over the next five years to study the feasibility of a second-generation supersonic jetliner. It is a high-flying ambition. The current Concorde, operated by British Airways and Air France, has a...

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