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What Was The Point Of The Caravelle 12?  
User currently offlineApplepie81 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 68 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

The Caravelle 12 first flew in October 1970 and the final frame was delivered in March 1973, only 12 were built.
What was Sud-Aviation thinking at the time? The aircraft would have been a direct competor to the likes of the much more advanced 737-200/DC-9 etc. Although a superb looking plane, it looked very 1950's and looked dated next to the 737, essentially it was a stretch of a design that dated back to 1952.
I'm not saying it's a bad plane, it's just a shame it came along 10 years too late. If it had been in production for 10 years, maybe Ryanair would still be flying them instead their 737-200  Wink/being sarcastic

I think they must have sold those 12's for a reduced for clear price, look at the very high tech interior.

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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3353 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3870 times:

Although a superb looking plane, it looked very 1950's and looked dated next to the 737, essentially it was a stretch of a design that dated back to 1952.

By the same reasoning you could argue that Boeing should not have done the 737NG range. At the time the Caravelle was still quite popular and Sud must have thought they could sell new ones to existing operators.



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User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7404 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

As you mentionned, only 12 Caravelle XII were built.
7 a/c were bought by the french domestic Airline Air Inter. The 5 others were bought by the Danish charter airline Sterling. These 5 a/c were later sold by Sterling to Air Inter , who became the sole operator of the 12 a/c until 1992.
They were equipped in a single economy 132 seats class, with the particularity of 5 seats on the first row facing rear.
They were registered :
F-BTOA,B,C,D,E
F-BNOG
F-GCVI,J,K,L,M,N




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User currently offlineDC3CV3407AC727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3807 times:

I always loved that distinctive shape when UAL flew them into EWR,(the basic Caravelle not the 12),I don't think the design looks dated at all, very sleek,svelte,timeless. Prettier than an MD-80.


the rumble of round engines is like music to me,likewise the thunder of thr JT8D
User currently offlineVS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

its a very cool looking aircraft, I especially like those tear drop shaped windows, its a very interestin look.

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