The first commercial Concorde jet plane, the F-WTSS, rests bored in its disuse at a museum in Paris’s Le Bourget Airport, the furthest airport from the city . At the time of its maiden flight in January 1969, long haul travel was blossoming into an experience for all with glamorous staff, sleek design, and speed! (At least all who could afford the sky high prices.) The F-WTSS made 397 flights before it retired.
With the Concorde traveling faster than the speed of sound, world travel reached new heights. It became possible to dine in Manhattan, hop in a cab to JFK Airport, enjoy drinks with a view of the clouds and a quick nap, and, four hours later, have a croissant on the banks of the Seine as the bouquinistes opened their green boxes.
Fourteen passenger Concordes were made. That bird was expensive to maintain, though, and such high flying was over by 2003. The planes were shut down due to costs and increasing flight restrictions over land because of the supersonic boom they made.
We at The Curio of Norfolk have found another way to travel the world in style, however. #Icelandair ticks all of the marks for us. With this airline, we can comfortably fly from the East Coast to Reykjavik on a flight with the Northern Lights projected onto the ceiling and wake up to a Nordic breakfast at Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport (#KEF).
And on the connecting flight, you can still get to Paris for a baguette with fromage before the markets close. The trip is of course twice as long as the the time the Concorde would have taken, but the stopover in Iceland certainly makes up for it.
So, Jay-Z, if we can’t bring back the Concorde, we can at least live like it is back.
For our upcoming trip to Europe this October, come fly away with us! We’ll be writing constantly about our travels. Follow our blog at www.the-curio.com or The Curio Antiques on Facebook as we take planes, trains, and an automobile across the European continent.