A British Airways Concorde jet with some well-heeled passengers aboard will make the first all-supersonic flight around the world beginning April 1, the British airline announced today.
The three-week trip, covering 38,215 miles in a planned total flying time of 35 hours and 1 minute, could set more than a dozen world speed records, British Airways said. The average speed of the supersonic jet will be 1,091.3 m.p.h.
The trip will start in London on April 1 and finish there on April 23. The Concorde aircraft, part of British Airways’ fleet, has been chartered by Lorraine Travel Bureau Inc., a tour operator based in Miami. The fare is $39,000 per person based on double occupancy or $40,500 for a single passenger.
The round-trip fare on normal Concorde flights, between New York and London, for example, is about $6,400.