6th May 2004: Prestwick-Paris
We arrived in Paris le Bourget after a 2 hours 45 minutes flight. We were warmly welcome by hundreds of spectators and many medias. We arrived at the PrivatAir (Francisco and Patrick employer) ramp and spent some time there before joining the for the official arrival. The fire brigade deployed 2 trucks on each side of the taxi way and sprayed a « water arch » above the airplane as we taxied.
As you realised, our internet site crashed yesterday as we had so many visits (5’000 visitors and 30'000 connections in a few hours). The photos should be back in a few days.
The huge public and media attention around the project is fantastic. We thank you all for your support.
The admin and other teams are exhausted by the workload that accumulates since weeks. We will answer your requests as soon as we can. We thank you for your understanding.
Arrival of the aircraft and reception on 8th May:
The arrival of the « Breitling Super Constellation » at its new home, the EuroAirport of Bale-Mulhouse, is planned for Saturday 8th May at 11am.
A team of SCFA volunteers has been working very hard for the last several months to prepare for the aircraft’s arrival. Several classic aircraft will also be present (2 Junker 52 and a DC-3). The historic brass band « Swiss Band » (ex-Swissair band) will be playing. The reception will take place in front of the « Swiss International Airlines » buildings where the aircraft will be available for visiting. We recommend that you arrive early enough to pass through the security checks.
The reception is open to eveyone and is free for Members and those under 16 years old. For everyone else, entry will be CHF20 (EUR13). These funds will only be invested in the aircraft maintenance and restoration.
There will not be any food available and so we recommend that you bring your own sandwiches and drinks.
Arriving from the city of .Basle
We strongly recommend that you come by public transport!
Extra busses have been organised from the Kannenfeld stop (reachable by tram No 1 - departs from the train station in the direction of « Dreirosenbrücke) which will leave every 15 minutes. You can also use the pay-parking at the EuroAirport (then follow on foot the signs « Super Connie » to the reception).
Arriving from France or Germany
Please use the pay-parking at the airport (French side) and make use of the special customs passage opened for the day in terminal 2 and then follow the signs « Super Connie » to the reception (about 5 minutes walk).
NOTE : It is forbidden to park vehicles on the customs road (Swiss side) or on the cargo road ().
With our best regards,
Texte : Patrick Danalet