PARIS -- Officials in Britain and France insisted Wednesday that the Concorde is not dead, despite the action of aviation authorities to revoke the aging supersonic jet's airworthiness certificate.
British Airways confirmed in a statement that it will be seeking meetings with Concorde's manufacturers and air safety authorities to develop measures enabling the aircraft to resume operations as soon as possible.
Jean-Claude Gayssot, France's transportation minister, also was publicly optimistic, predicting that the Concorde, developed as a Franco-British high-tech prestige project in the 1960s, still has "seven or eight years in front of it."
Three weeks and one day after an Air France Concorde crashed after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle airport here, civil aviation authorities in both countries on Wednesday pulled the aircraft's airworthiness rating until additional measures to enhance safety are taken. The accident killed 114 people.
Air France's five remaining Concordes haven't flown since the catastrophic July 25 crash, the first in the supersonic aircraft's history.
British Airways put its seven planes back in service after the crash. On Tuesday, it grounded the planes.
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