…Now of course we all know that the Concorde was only fully commercially flown by British Airways and Air France (the Singapore Airlines livery was only applied to the left side of British Airways Concorde G-BOAD and was never painted in a Braniff livery, despite Braniff’s imagery of the Concorde). So … given that Iran Air never flew the Concorde why is there a large Concorde in the Iran Air ticketing office in London? The answer is not as odd as you may think.
In October of 1972 the Shah of Iran placed an order for two Concordes with an option or purchase a third Concorde at a later date. The Shah of Iran solidified his dedication to placing the Concorde into service with Iran Air by stating “This is something that is finished and done. The actual date and delivery will be discussed later.”
The Concorde was to be a powerful economic and political trophy for the nation’s airline and thus Iran Air’s order of two Concordes became a significant source of pride for the airline. Now, more than two decades after Iran Air had cancelled its Concorde orders for a variety of reasons (as did more than 15 other airlines), the last remnants of Iran Air’s dream of operating the Concorde is still visible in the window of 73 Piccadilly.
Not in London? You may also view the Iran Air Concorde model in the airline’s ticket office window at 33 Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Below is a photo I recently shot of the Iran Air Concorde in London.
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