The day before Thanksgiving 2003 will probably be best remembered — at least among the tony frequent-flier set — as the day the Concorde retired. Decades prior, in summer 1976, when the supersonic airliner first took to the skies, WWD was there with a two-page profile. The paper even sent its own Louise J. Esterhazy to report back on a flight from Washington to Paris — which took a mere three hours and 45 minutes.

“Fortunately, my young nephew, Janos Esterhazy, accompanied me because I had 12 bags,” she wrote, noting that before the two boarded the plane, they were advised to take off their coats. “When we were inside I understood why,” Esterhazy noted. “I told Janos it was like my early days in Hungary when we had flown on the DC-2 — cramped, military but certainly not stylish in decor.” Here, other Concorde comments from that August 6, 1976, story.

This story first appeared in the November 24, 2010 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Countess Catherine de Vogue: “I find the seats very comfortable, but I think it might be different for someone with a grosse derriere…or for someone very tall.”

Ghislaine de Polignac: “With the Concorde there is no such thing as jet lag. I arrived in Caracas feeling fresh as a daisy.”

Oscar de la Renta: “It is a marvelous plane, but I found it a little uncomfortable. I was slightly claustrophobic but the leg space is good.”

Regine: “Once you have taken the Concorde, it is very difficult to think about going somewhere any other way.…The only complaint I have is during the half-hour fuel stop in Dakar on the South American routes, they come in and run the vacuum cleaner right under you.”

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