CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
Well the Dassault Mercure was a nice aircraft with a very big lack of range, if you don't know the range of that aircraft was about 750 kms, now Air France was always an international airline with no internal flights that's why there was Air Inter, so for Air France that plane was a non sense even beeing french, in the other way Air Inter could at least use in certain routes the Mercure, that's why they bought a dozen of them, I had the previlege of seeing all of them in France, and although it looked like a 737 it had some differences, I never understood well why the Mercure didn't have enough range, even after France have builted the Caravelle.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6431 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2395 times:
Those 12 Mercure, which were built, were optimised for Air Inter's network. If somebody else had ordered them, and demanded, say, 2000 miles range, then such a version would have been made. But obviously then with a smaller pax payload.
But on that market it obviously couldn't compete against BAC 1-11, Fokker F-28, DC-9, B-737-200. It was simply too crowded on that market leaving little room for new players.
The Mercure was a fine plane. Otherwise Air Inter wouldn't have flown them day and night for almost 25 years, and ended with scrapping the same number as they bought.
The prototype was shorter than the production examples, and therefore it at least had the potential for a longer range. Air Inter also got that plane into service.
What other airliner can show that record? All examples including the prototype rebuilt for service flew in airline service for decades, and not one accident.
The more I look at it, and the more I look at the A320, the more I think that the A320 should in fact have been named Mercure Mk. II.
It was a good plane. But it arrived too late on a market which was already too crowded.
Best regards, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm