Manchester airport to host gala for 20th anniversary of final Concorde flight

5 Sep 2023 by Tamsin Cocks
Concorde approach to MAN - (image from Manchester airport, Image Credit Rob Sawyer)

Dine under the wings of Concorde to celebrate 20 years of the iconic aircraft’s retirement.

The special gala event will be hosted at Manchester airport on 27 October.

Final Concorde flight arrives into MAN (image from Manchester Airport)

Concorde operated passenger flights from Manchester Airport for more than two decades, from 1980 until 22 October, 2003.

One week later, British Airways’ supersonic aircraft touched down for the final time to be to be put on display at the airport’s Runway Visitor Park (RVP).

The Concorde Hangar (image from Manchester airport)

To mark the occasion, the black-tie event will start with a drinks reception in the Concorde hangar before guests are seated for a four-course meal.

Soprano Gemma Ashley will deliver a live performance and guests will also hear from former Concorde pilot, Captain John Tye and Concorde’s most frequent flyer, Fred Finn.

Guests will also get the chance to board the aircraft, and the evening will be rounded off with a demonstration of Concorde’s famous nose droop.

Concorde G-BOAC permanent home at Manchester Airport's RVP (image from Manchester airport)

Paul Emblow, manager of the Runway Visitor Park, said: “For most of its years of active service, Concorde was a regular visitor to Manchester and its iconic silhouette even appeared in the airport’s former logo, such was its resonance with passengers and plane spotters.

“The Runway Visitor Park now provides a permanent home for British Airways’ flagship G-BOAC, which transported members of the royal family among other famous faces and is the perfect setting to celebrate the anniversary of its retirement.”

The gala dinner starts at 6.30pm on Friday 27 October. Tickets are priced at £90 and can be purchased online via the RVP website.

The Runway Visitor Park is a popular outdoor attraction in the north west. Located next to the busy runways of Manchester airport, the park has a raised viewing area for guests to witness all the action.

The park is home to a variety of retired planes, including Concorde G-BOAC and former RAF military spy plane, Nimrod. There’s also a DC-10, Avro RJX and a retro Trident airliner. A range of guided tour packages to get up close and personal with Concorde are regularly available, with prices from £18.

Additional facilities include a large picnic area, RVP coffee house, play area and The Aviation Shop, which stocks a range of plane-related souvenirs. The Fly360 Flight Simulator also offers an immersive experience for budding pilots to try their hand at flying an aircraft.

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