Did you know that the Concorde can fly from Male’ to Addu in just 13 minutes?
Concord is a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that first flown in 1969 and operated until 2013.
With the Tupolev Tu-144, the Concorde is only one of two supersonic passenger airliners that were ever built.
Due to high ticket costs only wealthy passengers flown onboard the Concorde. A one-way ticket from New York to London can set you back USD 12,700 in today’s currency.
With 4 Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 turbojets producing 38,000 lbs of thrust, the Concorde can achieve a cruise speed of Mach 2.04 ( 2,180kmph / 1,354mph), which is over twice the speed of sound.
A normal New York to Paris trip that required commercial jet aircraft over 8 hours to complete takes only 3.5 hours for the Concorde.
If the Concorde were to maintain cruise speed right after takeoff to landing, it would take only 13 minutes for the Concorde to fly from Male’ to Addu. Domestic turbo prop aircraft that are used commonly in this route takes a little over an hour to complete this flight.
Supersonic commercial travel came to an end with the retirement of the Concorde in 2003 due to heavy maintenance costs with the general downturn in passenger travel that prove to be too costly for airlines.