The iconic shape of the Concorde could once again grace the skies, but this time as the world's most exclusive charter jet.
The Concorde Club – a group of well-connected and apparently well-funded champions of the supersonic jetliner – plans to invest some £160 million (A$347 million) into getting a Concorde flying by 2019, on the 50th anniversary of the first Concorde flight.
In addition to eye-catching fly-pasts at air shows the Concorde would be available for private charter flights out of London, such as shuttling F1 enthusiasts to Grand Prix races, reports The Telegraph.
The first step: purchasing a decommissioned Air France Concorde from the Musée Delta, near Orly Airport in Paris, and relocating it to London to serve as "the main draw in a £16-a-head London tourist attraction that would include a restaurant offering dishes that were originally served on Concorde flights."
It's not the first time the Concorde Club has entertained such a scheme, having previously sought to buy an ex-BA Concorde and display it on a jetty atop the Thames.
However, the Concorde Club's "phase two" plans are substantially more ambitious: to buy 'Concorde 001', currently a prize exhibit at The Museum of Air and Space near Le Bourget, France, and restore it to airworthy condition.
Painted with a new neutral livery, and perhaps fitted with more modern and less cramped seats, the jet would be flying from 2019.
Photo tour: Inside the British Airways' Concorde
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