Applepie81 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 68 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3174 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
I think they must have sold those 12's for a reduced for clear price, look at the very high tech interior.
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3159 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.
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3124 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 :