August 2000: British Airways suspended its supersonic operations, following the tragic accident involving an Air France Concorde outside Paris, July 2000.
British Airways then commissioned Conran to design for them new china, glass and cutlery for use on their refurbished Concorde fleet.
The result was a modest and uncomplicated design of:
- Fine Bone China, made by Royal Doulton, (each piece is marked "Royal Doulton, Fine China" and with the corresponding British Airways part number).
- Crystalline glass made by Nachtmann (containing between 7-10% lead), each piece marked with the British Airways "Speed mark".
- Stainless Steel cutlery, exclusively designed by Conran to evoke the shape of the aircraft and made by Abco, each piece marked with the British Airways "Speed mark". The cutlery is made from Stainless steel containing 18% chrome and 10% nickel.
Each place setting comprising:
Salad Bowl, Large Plate, Dessert Bowl, Small Plate, Cup & Saucer, Canape Dish, Oval Meal Dish and Butter Pat.
Champagne Flute, Wine Glass and Tumbler.
Knife, Fork, Dessert Spoon, Tea Spoon, Napkin Ring and Linen Napkin.
British Airways re-launched it's scheduled supersonic service to New York on November 2001, that was the first time any of this new design would be available on board and it was only ever used on board Concorde!
Following the tragic events of 9/11, all metal cutlery was, by legislation, removed from all aircraft, so the Conran Cutlery was removed!
Part number Description:
EC1141 Salad Bowl
EC1140 Large Plate
EC1137 Dessert Bowl
EC 1138 Small Plate
EC1144 Canape Dish
EC1142 Oval Meal Dish
EC1143 Butter Pat
EG1055 Champagne flute
EG1050 Wine Glass
EC2079 Dessert Spoon
EC2082 Tea Spoon
EF5089 Napkin Ring
Napkin Ewart Lidell Celado Napkin