• Short Summary

    Fifteen Arab Ambassadors to France flew aboard the Anglo-French Concords supersonic airliner on Wednesday (14 March) on a demonstration flight aimed at boosting sales of the aircraft in the Arab world.

  • Description

    Fifteen Arab Ambassadors to France flew aboard the Anglo-French Concords supersonic airliner on Wednesday (14 March) on a demonstration flight aimed at boosting sales of the aircraft in the Arab world.

    France's Aerospatiale company, which builds the airliner together with the British Aircraft Corporation, hopes to be able to sell at least eight Concordes to the Arab countries.

    According to Arab diplomats in France, the Arab countries are planning to form a company to fly Concordes as a joint venture. Lebanon's Middle East Airline has already taken two options on the Concorde, and Iraqi Airways are also interested in buying the aircraft.

    Meanwhile, controversy over the future of the aircraft continues. The United States Joint Congressional Committee on Friday issued a report labelling the Concorde as a failure because only nine firm orders had been received from British and French airlines, with only five new options.

    Senator William Proxmire, who heads the congressional subcommittee, said the report was being issued at this time because of possible efforts by the U.S. administration to revive an American SST. Senator Proxmire led the successful fight to out off government funds for the American Supersonic Transport last year.

    SYNOPSIS: At Paris's Orly airport on Wednesday, the Anglo-French Concorde supersonic airliner arrived after a demonstration flight over north Africa and the Mediterranean. It was another of the long-distance non-stop flights designed to prove the airliner's economic payload-range performance to the satisfaction of airlines. This particular flight... arranged by France's Aerospatiale company -- builders of the airliner together with the British Aircraft Corporation -- was aimed at boosting sales of the aircraft in the Arab world.

    Fifteen Arab Ambassadors to France were invited on board the demonstration flight by the Aerospatiale company. Concorde's manufacturers hope to be able to sell at least eight of their airliners to the Arab countries. The Ambassadors, whose respective countries are planning to form a company to fly Concordes as a joint venture, were greeted on their return to Orly by Aerospatiale's President, Henri Ziegler.

    M. Ziegler, seen here talking to the Ambassadors of Iraq and Morocco, recently returned from a Middle East tour to promote Concorde's sales.

    Lebanon has already taken two options on the Concorde. Iraqi Airways have also expressed an interest.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2F9SY6ZDOLDW9ZUZR7LSFCE8G
    Media URN:
    VLVA2F9SY6ZDOLDW9ZUZR7LSFCE8G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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