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Concorde receives OK to fly to Istres.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Air France has received authorisation to fly one of its Concorde supersonic jets from Paris to Istres, a military base near Marseille.

The jet will make a subsonic flight to the base tomorrow (18 January) and once there will undergo 15 days of ground testing according to The Associated Press. The tests will help investigators 'understand how a fuel leakage flows on the wing and to determine the efficiency of future modifications' to the Concorde according to Air France President Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.

Meanwhile, British Airways has started installing a fuel tank liner made of rubber and Kevlar to one of its seven Concorde aircraft. The lining is designed to prevent a fuel leak should the aircraft's wing skin be punctured or ruptured. This modified aircraft will be ready for testing in about eight to ten weeks according to a statement released by the British carrier.

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