“Supersonic jets do not have a place in the future”, said ex-British Airways boss.

Supersonic jets do not have a place in the future, Willie Walsh, the former boss of British Airways, said, adding that he would not buy them if he still ran an airline as he dismissed a plan by United Airlines to bring them back.

Supersonic passenger travel died out with the retirement of Concorde in 2003, but United Airlines said in early June that it had agreed to buy 15 Overture aircraft from Boom Supersonic.

“We’ll watch with interest but no, I wouldn’t be buying it,” Walsh told an airlines conference on Thursday. “I’m not convinced that supersonic transport is the right move going forward.”

Walsh, who is now director general of global airlines body IATA, took the helm at BA a year before Concorde was grounded, Reuters reported.

“I have the nice position of having seen what the profitability of Concorde was before I joined British Airways…. It wasn’t a profitable operation,” he said.

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