Travel: Best of the Best Airlines: British Airways Concorde

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As any frequent traveler knows, there’s not much glamour left in flying. But you can find both speed and style when you fly British Airways Concorde. The flights resumed last November following a 15-month hiatus to determine the cause of the August 2000 Concorde accident and to implement changes. Now, after intensive safety inspections and a $2.8 million makeover, five of the airline’s supersonic jets have sleek new interiors as well. Gone is the dull and drab gray, replaced by indigo blue. All of the seats have been redone in cloud-soft and supple leather, and the pillow covers and blankets are 100 percent cashmere. You can sip Krug Champagne from fine crystal as you travel at 1,350 mph—twice the speed of sound—and the Concorde’s new lighter cuisine is served on Royal Doulton china. Even the bathrooms have been spruced up with better lighting, a cool white paint job, and, always, fresh flowers.  

Flying at 60,000 feet enables you to catch the curve of the earth—a sight spectacular enough for some flyers to merit the tab of about $6,326 for a one-way fare. A typical trip across the Atlantic between London Heathrow and JFK usually takes about three hours. The eastbound JFK-to-London flight departs JFK at 8:30 am and arrives at Heathrow at 5:25 the same afternoon. Westbound, departure is at 10:30 am and arrival at JFK is at 9:25 am, in effect, before you departed.  

The Concorde lounges at both Heathrow and JFK have a new look—an updated Art Deco style that emphasizes comfort and lots of natural light—thanks to the modern design approach of Sir Terence Conran. There’s also a special British Airways number to call solely for Concorde reservations and information, and at Heathrow, airline personnel will valet your car and even have it cleaned and serviced.  

British Airways Concorde, 800.247.9297, www.british-airways.com

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