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Airbus A380 Knocks Concorde off Heathrow Roundabout

Posted July 15, 2008 by BookingBuddy

Airfareairbusa380xl Oh, why can’t an old airplane be left alone to spend its last years in some dignity?

Once the pride of British Airways, the Concorde has had some rather unfortunate experiences since its retirement several years ago. As noted last week, one of these supersonic jets was sent thousands of miles away to be displayed in a museum where it had its sleek nose broken.

Now, they’re about to shelve the iconic model Concorde that has long greeted travellers passing through Heathrow. The 1/3-scale model of the plane has stood on a highly visible roundabout at the gateway to the airport’s terminals for the last 16 years, a sight 25 million passengers saw annually.

However, Emirates—who have just signed a six-year lease on the roundabout (taking over from BA) —are planning to replace the model with one of an Airbus A380. Is this a sign of things to come? Supersonic speed and exclusivity have been replaced by larger capacity and normal speed. Think about it this way: It could be a good thing if you like being with a lot of people for long periods of time …

(Photo: Peter Danford/Airbus)

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