As promised at the end of Jet Age 6 (in the "Pan Lux Concorde Experiment"
), I have returned to test Concordes in Jet Age 7. This time, I hope to take advantage of the premium traffic at my new LHR base, and the speed-bonus effect first implemented in JA7. to try to make the Concorde more successful financially. The previous chapter recorded that profitability was achieved by Pan Lux in JA6, but that the profitability levels were not optimal, and usually not competitive with subsonic aircraft. So, here we are with the BOAC edition
of the Concorde experiment series, featuring the British Overpriced Airways Corporation in the period 1975-1985.
I have just run my first test flight. I tested a week of daily flights on LHR-HND, via MJZ. This seemed a good route because the distance was reachable within one tech-stop, and the demand was high. Using HD seating, I am testing a 100-seat Concorde in a three-cabin configuration. So far, the profits look good. The overall financial results are attached in the first picture below (with some specific confidential information redacted). The redacted information can be made public after the end of the sim, but while the sim is running, I do not think it would be advisable to show my competitors my exact pricing.
So far, so good...around $60,000 to $70,000 profit each way, with near-full loads, and fuel around $100. I am not sure whether HD seating will be sustainable on other routes, however. My tests show that using standard seating, this route makes only around $40,000 profit each way.
I will probably test JFK next. It seems that 3-5 other airlines have ordered Concordes in JA7, but all airlines except BOAC seem to have abandoned this type now.
The second picture is just for fun.
Any advice or suggestions welcome.