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Did SAS Consider Buying B727?  
User currently offlinewillyknut From Norway, joined Apr 2010, 22 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Anyone who remember a late 60's or early 70's decision by the SAS board to buy some 727's?
IIRC they seriously considered the -200 but it never materialised.
Any idea why they never got the 727? Too close relations with Douglas in those days?

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User currently offlineSASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 798 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

I bet that the DC-9 was big enough to support their network. I think the DC-9s were also more suitable for the small airfields in Norway and Sweden. For the biggest missions they got the A300.

I think that it did not have to do anything with the relation with MDC.

User currently offlineLX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Isn't it easier to ask which aircraft SAS haven't considered?!  

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User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

Remenber SAS had big influence with Douglas back in the '50's and 60's, sure didn't they build two variants of the DC9 to meet SAS's exact requirements. The -20 and -40.

I'm sure the 727 was looked into as well, but the DC9-40 was exactly what SAS wanted for European routes.

User currently offlineicebird757 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

I have seen a artist's painting of an SAS 727-100 that a friend of mine has hanging in his living room. Personally I have three rare models(along with other SAS models) I inherited from my grandfather when he passed away. One is a SAS 757 in the viking scheme, MD-80 in the viking scheme and HS 748 in viking scheme. They were given to him by Douglas, Boeing and Hawker Siddley trying to get him to purchase those planes for SAS.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26228 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 3):
I'm sure the 727 was looked into as well, but the DC9-40 was exactly what SAS wanted for European routes.

No need for 3 engines and 3 cockpit crew when 2 of each will do the job.

I wouldn't be surprised if SAS also got good package deal prices from Douglas considering they were still ordering DC-8s (and then DC-10s) during the same period that they were buying the DC-9s.

As a sidenote, the last of 556 DC-8s built (photos below) was delivered to SAS on May 13, 1972. That aircraft was ordered in 1971, 6 months before they ordered their DC-10s.

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