March 29 could be a decisive date for the future of the joint French and British project, the Concorde supersonic airliner.
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Background: March 29 could be a decisive date for the future of the joint French and British project, the Concorde supersonic airliner.
At talks in Paris on Thursday, the French and British Ministers concerned with the project said they hoped their next meeting at that date would produce a decision on whether or not Concorde would go into production.
Construction of the French and British prototypes began as far back as 1965, and many problems threaten to prevent the Concorde operating.
World airlines have been experiencing financial difficulties, which might make them unwilling to embark on heavy spending on such a new aircraft.
Second, a powerful environmental lobby is at present for a reduction in landing and take-off noise levels in the United States. Mr. Andrew Stein, a member, of the New York State Assembly and a promoter of the anti-noise legislation, is in London fact-finding about Concorde at this time.
Thirdly, there has been uncertainty about the ability of Concorde engine-makers, Rolls Royce, to go on participating in the project. This fear, at least, was dispelled by the French and British Ministers at their paris talks.