Britain and France today agreed to push ahead with production of four more Concorde supersonic jets -- implying cautious optimism over the aircraft's future.
Britain and France today agreed to push ahead with production of four more Concorde supersonic jets -- implying cautious optimism over the aircraft's future. Ministers of the two countries also agreed to authorise supply of advance materials for a future six Concordes. The announcement was made after a meeting in London today between France's Minister of Transport, Jean Chamant, and Britain's Minister for Aerospace, Mr. Frederick Cornfield...who was asked about the American decision to stop spending on the S.S.T.....
SYNOPSIS: Britain and France have decided to go ahead with the production of four more Concorde supersonic jets....and to order materials for another six. But the long term future of the airliner is still in doubt.
The go ahead came after a meeting in London between French and British Ministers. The French delegation was led by the country's Minister of Transport, Mr. Jean Chamant. France, aware of the rapid advancements made by the Soviet Union's supersonic T.U.-144, is eager to press ahead with Concorde at the available speed. The British Government has been more cautious, seeking assurance that airlines will be willing to buy the aircraft before approving any large scale production.
Mr. John Davies, Britain's Minister for Trade and Industry on the left and Aeronautics Minister Cornfield on the right had long talks with Mr. Chamant before announcing a decision. The new moves authorised today mean expenditure of some 30 million sterling. The announcement was made by Mr. cornfield who was asked by newsmen about the American supersonic transport aircraft (S.S.T.) project shelved by the U.S......