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Concorde Takes Off On Final Flight - 2003-10-24

A British Airways' supersonic Concorde jet has begun its final flight across the Atlantic, taking off from New York's Kennedy Airport a short time ago.

Thousands of spectators are expected to be at London's Heathrow Airport Friday to watch the plane land.

British Airways is retiring the Concorde after 27 years of high-speed flights due to lack of demand.

This final trans-Atlantic flight is carrying about 100 passengers, including actress Joan Collins and former supermodel Christie Brinkley.

The Concorde began commercial flights in 1976. Flying at more than 2,100 kilometers per hour the needle-nosed jet can cross the Atlantic Ocean in about 3.5 hours.

Two other British Airways Concorde jets also will be making their final flights Friday.

Those flights will take off from Edinburgh, Scotland and are scheduled to land in quick succession in London ahead of the flight from New York.

Air France - the only other airline that operated the Concorde - ended its Concorde service in May.