The supersonic (faster-than-sound) airline Concorde was jointly operated by British Airways and Air France, and serviced passengers from 1976 until 2003.

Photograph by David Alan Harvey, National Geographic
  • On January 21, 1976, the Concorde—the world’s first supersonic airliner—was put into service. Its first routes were from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Concorde had a cruise speed of Mach 2 (about 2,179 kilometers per hour or 1,354 miles per hour). This was more than twice the speed of regular passenger aircraft. Concorde set records for the fastest transatlantic flight and air speed records for both westbound and eastbound around-the-world flights. A person on the Concorde could travel from New York to Paris in just 3.5 hours.

    The Concorde traveled faster than the speed of sound. The shockwave caused by the plane passing by, known as a sonic boom, would rattle windows on the ground. After a crash in Gonesse, France, in 2000, Concorde service was discontinued and the remaining planes were placed in museums.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    airline Noun

    system or business that provides air transportation.

    globalization Noun

    connection of different parts of the world resulting in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities.

    Encyclopedic Entry: globalization
    supersonic Adjective

    faster than the speed of sound, 343 meters per second (1,125 feet per second).

    technology Noun

    the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.

    travel Noun

    movement from one place to another.