Slz396 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3369 times:
Quoting Mortyman (Reply 2): I was flying a Caravelle once, but it must have been after 1978...
After the 727-100 replaced the Caravelle at Sabena in the early 1970s (BTW, those 727s only stayed for a couple of years, after which they were replaced by more suitable and smaller 737-200), the Caravelles were operated by Sabena's charter subsidiary Sobelair and operated with them for some more years: I think the last Caravelle flight at Sobelair must have been 1978 or so...
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 11950 posts, RR: 37 Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3149 times:
The perfect source for all information on the Caravelle is a book written by John Wegg (editor of Airways magazine); I happen to have it to hand, so let me give you some info on the SN Caravelle operation:
SN operated the Caravelle from 1961 to 1974, the final aircraft being retired as the 732 entered service with Sabena. Some did operate with Sobeleir, but only until the end of 1977.
The initial aircraft were four Caravelle VIs, powered by RR Avon engines. Ultimately, the airline operated a maximum of 10 aircraft VIs.
The aircraft were operated all across Europe, although Nice was the first city served, followed by Paris (LBG). Services extended to Libya, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Scandinavia and as far east as Tehran, but the 727s took over some of the longer haul services.
The aircraft operated in varying configurations, but on average it was 12F and 65 Tourist class, although many were operated in Y Class only, with up to 94 seats.
Air France flew the Caravelle until 1981 and Air Inter flew them until 1991.
Air Inter was flying, at that time, the last streched version of the Caravelle, called Caravelle XII (131 seats) , of which only 12 aircraft were produced.