A look back at business travel in 1995 when we flew Concorde to NYC
The June 1995 issue saw us testing the supersonic and subsonic routes to New York – there could only be one winner...
Alex McWhirter was the subject of a style makeover
THE PERENNIALLY POPULAR CITY
OF NEW YORK graced the cover of our June 1995 issue, with a shot of the dramatic, yet real, building used in Ghostbusters (55 Central Park West). The cost versus comfort of flying transatlantic was a hot topic then, just as it is now. The Business Traveller staff drew straws, with one journalist going by Concorde, costing £2,271 one-way – around £4,292 in today’s money – and others travelling subsonic. The former got from the office in London to the iconic twin towers of World Trade Center in a mere six hours and 40 minutes; a 30-minute check-in deadline in the days before stringent security checks helped. The journey via BA in Club World and public transport took 12 hours, but cost less than half that price.
The growing phenomenon of flight code-sharing was causing a stir, with then technical editor Alex McWhirter interviewing key figures in the industry, one of whom observed that, “Codesharing is like a car dealer selling a Mercedes but delivering a Volkswagen.”
In a separate feature, McWhirter was given a business style makeover by an image consultant, who advised him to start wearing designer suits; Hugo Boss was the winning look of the 90s.