British Airways is to bring back the Supersonic Concorde, that last flew in October 2003, after spending upwards of £500 million on refurbishing the previously moth-balled aircraft.
Rumours first broke when 3 months ago, after the aircraft that had been distributed to museums around the world (including Heathrow, Brooklands, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol and New York, Seattle and Barbados) started to go "missing". However BA refuted the speculation at the time with a cover story that they were being returned to Heathrow to be painted in new corporate colours for BA.
However, BA CEO "Wee" Willie Walsh said in a statement that the much loved aircraft would be returning to active service. The aircraft's air-worthiness certificate had been re-earned after extensive testing in a remote part of the Australian outback, away from prying eyes.
Wee Willie continued "We are now in a financial position to bring back our flagship, and we are all very excited." British Airways recently announced record profits for the first quarter of it's financial year. He then broke into an Irish Jig, before leaving the press conference.
John Stewart, Chair of the pressure group HACAN ClearSkies, simply said, "Oh shit!"
Alternative pressure group Friends of Concorde released a statement "We are absolutely delighted, not that any of our members can afford to fly on the aircraft, and nor do we live under it's flight-path, but as I said, we are delighted!"