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British Airways starts Concorde service to Miami.

Miami--Extension by British Airways of its thrice-weekly London-Washington Concorde airliner services to this city signals an upsurge of confidence by the U.K. state carrier in the whole future of supersonic civil aviation. Concurrent with the inaugural flight, BA signed a deal with the British government under the terms of which the airline takes over all financial responsibility for its Concordes, and increases the size of its fleet from seven to eight.

In the past, the government in London has been responsible for Concorde spares in return for which BA handed over 80% of its annual earnings with its Concordes. Now BA has paid the government a total of [pounds] 11 million ($15.4 million), which covers the spares holding, the remainder of fatigue testing, and a few other items. British Airways said that this will add up to [pounds] 5 million $7 million a year to the cost of running Concorde, but from April 1 this year it started to retain all profits from its operation, and these are expected to be at least [pounds' 12 million ($17 million) a year. …

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