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After twenty-four years of accident-free service will the flight choice of the rich and famous be grounded forever That is what authorities are now trying to figure out as they are finally collecting the final evidence in the crash of the Concorde in late July The worlds fastest passenger aircraft crashed and went into flames near the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris France One hundred and nine passengers and four people on the ground died due to the crash And now British Airways Air France and the rest of the world are asking themselves why Due to the crash the Concordes airworthiness certificate was withdrawn last month and all thirteen of the Concordes owned by British Airways and Air France were grounded The Civil Aviation Authority the British safety regulator grounded these supersonic transport jets indefinitely Just how superior is the Concorde compared to other airlines The Concorde makes flights only over the Atlantic Ocean from Paris or London to New York The average speed of the Concorde is approximately 1350 miles per hour at almost 60000 feet The average flight time is about three and a half hours compared to that of regular plane at almost eight hours The ConcordeThe Boeing 747 Passenger CapacityUp to 100416 to 524 Crew9Up to 19 Cruising SpeedMach 2 1334 mphMach 085 575 mph Cruising Altitude55000 feet35000 feet Average Flying Time from Paris to New York3 hours and 45 minutes7 hours 55 minutes Average Cost of one Paris-New York round-trip ticket9000900 for coach3800 for business classFares can vary Aircraft in service12524 480 are passenger Courtesy of CNNcom These prestige only and low profit needle-nose jets need to fill just half of each of the aircrafts seats to break even British Airways and Air France wanted to keep them in the skys for at least another fourteen or fifteen years but now those chances are very unlikely They were all built between 1975 and
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