Recently, whilst enjoying supper with friends, the conversation turned to whether the art of letter writing and all things paper were relevant in this day and age of fast communication, naturally the floor was divided myself and Lizbeth leading the “pro vote’ while the opposition ranted and raved as to the convenience of emails and social media, the conversation became more and more heated until our host suddenly got up and left the table, we thought perhaps he had had enough of our rowdy rantings and decided to leave us to it, but he soon reappeared clutching a Nile Blue box from a certain stationers residing in Bond Street.
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This beautiful stationery gift set was presented to him and his fellow 128 passengers whilst travelling on Concorde. What a perfect synergy of fine quality sky blue paper and envelopes with the engraved silhouette of the spectacular flying machine as a memento. Everyone round the table was fascinated and further more impressed by the impact of the stationery which silenced our opponents for the time being.
In my life before HoneyTree I was a Tennis Coach and had the opportunity to work in some amazing places, one of them being at the Miramar Beach Hotel in Barbados. I still remember during my saturday morning tennis squad, Concorde flying over the tennis courts, having left the UK on 3h.45 minutes previously. What a joy it must have been to those passengers lucky enough to travel at Mach 2 to leave the cold London morning and arrive in the Caribbean in time for brunch.
Back at the HoneyTree studios on the following Monday morning the blue box created quite a buzz, and only strengthened our conviction that beautiful stationery is a joy and a luxury that we cannot live without.
Concorde facts that are rather cool…
It featured a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, with seating for 92 to 128 passengers.
First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years.
Among other destinations, Concorde flew regular transatlantic flights from London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to New York-JFK, Washington Dulles and Barbados; it flew these routes in less than half the time of other airliners.
A total of 20 aircraft were built in France and the United Kingdom Concorde’s name reflects the development agreement between the United Kingdom and France.
First commercial flight London Heathrow to Bahrain, BA300 on 21 January 1976 (Captain Norman Todd)
Because all Concorde flights are quickly over, there were no films shown,
Last commercial flight New York JFK to London Heathrow, BA2 on 24 October 2003 (Captain Mike Bannister)
July 13, 1985: Phil Collins uses Concorde so he can sing at the US and UK Live Aid charity concerts on the same day
The fares, to travel between London and New York, cost the standard£4,350 one-way Concorde ticket returning on World Traveller, and up to£8,292 for a return trip, both ways on Concorde
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