It was 50 years ago this month that the Concorde made its first flight in 1969. With a cruising speed of Mach 2.0, this airplane changed the way we did business, and remains my favorite commercial aircraft of all time. The key difference is productivity.
The reason we fly is to get from point A to point B faster. Concorde was the fastest, and most productive way to cross the pond. Yes, it was not fuel efficient, nor environmentally friendly by today’s standards. Noise levels on takeoff were incredibly high, not to mention sonic booms when the aircraft broke the sound barrier. But it was productive.