Records Concerning British Airways’ Decision to Stop Flying Concorde

In response to a FOIA request, the Department for Transport has today released the following records on British Airways’ decision to scrap Concorde. Documents are available to download from the DfT’s disclosure log, but below is a summary of what is available. The documents are very enlightening particularly the correspondence between Virgin and BA. There is a big story here about BA’s lack of accountability for the huge sums of taxpayer money that were given to the company to build and run the Concorde programme.

  • Letter from BA to the Prime Minister – 10 April 2003 (PDF 296 Kb)
    Letter released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Letter from Virgin to BA – 28 April 2003 (PDF 256 Kb)
    Letter released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Letter from BA to Virgin – 29 April 2003 (PDF 730 Kb)
    Letter released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Internal DfT e-mails – 29 April 2003 (PDF 140 Kb)
    Released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • BA Statement – 29 April 2003 (PDF 176 Kb)
    Released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Letter from the Prime Minister to BA – 30 April 2003 (PDF 105 Kb)
    Letter released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • DTI Minister’s briefing on responding to Virgin letters – 2 May 2003 (PDF 11 Kb)
    Released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Letter from DTI to Virgin – 6 May 2003 (PDF 168 Kb)
    Released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Letter from Virgin to DTI – 16 June 2003 (PDF 149 Kb)
    Letter released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Letter from BA to Virgin – 26 June 2003 (PDF 542 Kb)
    Letter released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • Letter from Virgin to BA – 23 June 2003 (PDF 312 Kb)
    Letter released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • DfT Briefing note 1 – 16 July 2003 (PDF 17 Kb)
    Released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.
  • DfT Briefing note 2 – 22 October 2003 (PDF 17 Kb)
    Released in response to an FOI request regarding the decision to stop flying Concorde. Published: 3 March 2005.

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