Another nail-biter on the Concorde. When the supersonic aircraft took off from New York’s JFK last Thursday, the landing gear wouldn’t retract. After circling and dumping fuel into the Atlantic, pilots finally grounded the plane and boarded the passengers onto another. The second Concorde got its feet up, but no sooner had it done so when the generator quit, making for thin air — and fast pulses — in the cabin. The last of the creature comforts bailed out when the coffee machine erupted all over the kitchen. Among the weary travelers arriving four hours late in Paris were Donatella Versace, Paul Beck and Sanofi president Claude Saujet.
Meanwhile, in the subsonic world, Valentino suffered along with all the other commuters during a two-and-a-half-hour delay Thursday afternoon on a British Airways shuttle from Paris to London.