FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7379 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1434 times:
Air Inter was finally the sole operator of the Mercure, with 11 aircrafts in service (not 10).
10 series aircrafts were produced, and Air Inter added to its fleet in the early 80's the 11th aircraft : one of the prototype, modified to be able to carry PAX. It was registered F-BTMD (MD=Marcel Dassault).
All other a/c were registered from F-BTTA to F-BTTJ.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6291 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1398 times:
Air Inter ordered 10 examples of a stretched version with reduced fuel capacity for its generally very short ranged network.
Since the program ended with that, then the shorter, lower capacity prototype was later rebuilt to the same standard and sold cheaply to Air Inter.
That's the background behind dozens of threads here at a.net bashing the Mercure for it's short range.
If the Mercure had sold in numbers to ordinary airlines, then the bulk would have been the original shorter version which would have had the same lower seating capacity and longer range capability as the B737-200.
The truth is that the Mercure came too late into an already overcrowded market dominated by BAC One-Eleven, DC-9, B737 and to some extent Trident and B727.
Happy landing, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm