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Dassault Mercure, Why Wasn't It Popular  
User currently offlineACWS777 From Canada, joined Oct 2010, 95 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

Hey everybody.   This is my first post after reading this forum for many years finally decided to join and I'm loving. So I was reading the new issue of Airways Magazine and they wrote an article about the dassault mercure 100. My question is why wasn't this a popular aircraft anywhere in the world and the only operator being Air Inter.

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User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

There was a thread on Airliners back in 2003 on that...Here is the link

Dassault Mercure Joke (by CF-CPI Mar 7 2003 in Civil Aviation)



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User currently offlineeta unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

Unfortunately, the previous thread missed one important piece of information: the French government subsidized Air Inter's Mercure operations.

User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

Quoting ACWS777 (Thread starter):
This is my first post

Welcome to a.net.  
Quoting ACWS777 (Thread starter):
why wasn't this a popular aircraft anywhere in the world and the only operator being Air Inter.

The Mercure came out in the early 1970's, well after airlines around the world had acquired fleets of 727's, 737's, DC-9's, etc. and the airlines were happy with them. Also, the Mercure had a range of less than 1000 miles with a full payload. That was not acceptable for most airlines. It worked fine for Air Inter because they were a domestic French carrier and they didn't need a plane with a lot of range.

Dassault looked at creating a newer version but was unwilling to use the GE engine which was being developed because GE hadn't sold any at the time. That was the CFM-56.


User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

Quoting bohica (Reply 3):

Dassault looked at creating a newer version but was unwilling to use the GE engine which was being developed because GE hadn't sold any at the time. That was the CFM-56.

Ouch indeed! The CFM-56 is now probably one of the most common types of engine used everywhere. As I've typed this, probably dozens of them have been powered up for takeoff.


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