BA may keep Concorde to fly on 'special occasions'

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British Airways is to investigate the possibility of keeping one of its Concordes in the air when the supersonic aircraft is retired from commercial service in October.

Mike Bannister, chief Concorde pilot, is heading a team of BA executives examining the feasibility of continuing to fly Concorde at air shows and special events, such as the Queen's birthday.

But BA said it would not involve Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic, who is calling for a "summit meeting'' to discuss a "heritage trust'' to keep Concorde flying.

Concorde's last commercial flight will be from New York to Heathrow on Friday, 24 October. BA has a competition to give away 1,000 Concorde seats in its last week of service.

* A Concorde was grounded indefinitely yesterday after engineers found faulty fuel pump wiring, BA announced.