Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Concorde a Pinnacle in Seagrave's Exciting Travel History

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Concorde a Pinnacle in Seagrave's Exciting Travel History

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The Experience, a supersonic adventure for 100 thrill-seekers boarding the Concorde Sept. 7 in its first commercial flight from Oklahoma City, stands at the pinnacle among all the tours ever booked by Evelyn Seagrave Travel of Oklahoma City.

"This will probably be considered the most exciting travel event in Oklahoma travel history," said Seagrave President Johnny Fish.

Yet The Experience, as the Concorde flight is being advertised, isn't the first unique trip arranged by Seagrave, which is known throughout the travel industry for the exotic vacations it hosts.

Among those trips was a sail down all 4,000 miles of the Amazon River, cruising the the Nile on a private yacht and an African safari on hot air balloons.

In January, Seagrave will take a group whale watching off the West Coast, "when the whales migrate to Baja California," said Primary Agent Shirley Axworthy.

Fish and his wife, Sharon, became associate partners with Evelyn Seagrave-Janeway in 1965, and now own all of the agency. Seagrave purchased the business from Elizabeth Arnold in the 1940s.

"It began with a small but deluxe clientele and four employees," Fish said. "Now we have 19 employees."

Fish would not reveal annual sales figures of the company, but he did say it is a "several-million-dollar a year agency.

"In the last 10 years, its employment and size has doubled. Sales have quadrupled, or more," he said.

Seagrave made the arrangements for the 11-day "experience" in cooperation with Cunard Line, Ltd., and Briitsh Air. Johnny and Sharon Fish, as well as Axworthy, were the primary agents working on the trip.

This will be the first time the Concorde has flown out of Oklahoma with passengers on board. The Concorde has landed on Oklahoma soil only once before, for a demonstration about 10 years ago.

The Concorde is scheduled to arrive at Will Rogers Airport Sept. 6 for an overnight stay. It will leave Sept. 7 for New York, then fly at supersonic speeds to London.

The flight from Oklahoma City to New York will take the normal three hours because the Concorde can not fly at supersonic speeds over the U.S. The flight to London, usually seven hours long, will take only three hours and 40 minutes, Fish said. The total length of the flight is expected to be six hours and 40 minutes.

Passengers will arrive in London during the evening hours and spend six nights at the Carlton Tower Hotel, Fish said. …

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