rock star Sting (L) serves champagne to fellow passenger Piers
Morgan on a British Airways Concorde.[ Reuters]
British singer Sting said he had no worries flying on the Concorde
plane for the first time after being grounded since its deadly
British pop star Sting checked in for the first commercial Concorde
flight from London since a deadly July 2000 crash of the supersonic
jetliner, aiming to become, in the words of one of his countless
hits, an Englishman in New York.
"It's less dangerous than a car on the M6," he told
the reporter as he prepared to board. "I feel completely
safe. Why wouldn't I be?" he replied, when asked about the
Concorde crash last year and the September 11 attacks, when four
planes were hijacked.
"People are getting their confidence back slowly, and I
think that events like this will help people," he said.
Sting said he was delighted to be back on Concorde, having been
a regular customer for 20 years. "Concorde is a symbol of
British Airways, of air travel and normal life," he said.
He said he particularly wanted to fly to New York as his wife,
the actress Trudi Styler, was giving a speech in the city and
did not realize that he was coming over. "Flying at twice
the speed of sound gives you a buzz."
An Air France Concorde took off from Paris for New York shortly
before the British Airways jetliner left London as both companies
resumed Concorde passenger services.