applepie81
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What Was The Point Of The Caravelle 12?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 4:31 am

The Caravelle 12 first flew in October 1970 and the final frame was delivered in March 1973, only 12 were built.
What was Sud-Aviation thinking at the time? The aircraft would have been a direct competor to the likes of the much more advanced 737-200/DC-9 etc. Although a superb looking plane, it looked very 1950's and looked dated next to the 737, essentially it was a stretch of a design that dated back to 1952.
I'm not saying it's a bad plane, it's just a shame it came along 10 years too late. If it had been in production for 10 years, maybe Ryanair would still be flying them instead their 737-200  Wink/being sarcastic

I think they must have sold those 12's for a reduced for clear price, look at the very high tech interior.

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RE: What Was The Point Of The Caravelle 12?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 4:38 am

Although a superb looking plane, it looked very 1950's and looked dated next to the 737, essentially it was a stretch of a design that dated back to 1952.

By the same reasoning you could argue that Boeing should not have done the 737NG range. At the time the Caravelle was still quite popular and Sud must have thought they could sell new ones to existing operators.
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RE: What Was The Point Of The Caravelle 12?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 6:21 am

As you mentionned, only 12 Caravelle XII were built.
7 a/c were bought by the french domestic Airline Air Inter. The 5 others were bought by the Danish charter airline Sterling. These 5 a/c were later sold by Sterling to Air Inter , who became the sole operator of the 12 a/c until 1992.
They were equipped in a single economy 132 seats class, with the particularity of 5 seats on the first row facing rear.
They were registered :
F-BTOA,B,C,D,E
F-BNOG
F-GCVI,J,K,L,M,N




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RE: What Was The Point Of The Caravelle 12?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 6:37 am

I always loved that distinctive shape when UAL flew them into EWR,(the basic Caravelle not the 12),I don't think the design looks dated at all, very sleek,svelte,timeless. Prettier than an MD-80.
the rumble of round engines is like music to me,likewise the thunder of thr JT8D
 
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RE: What Was The Point Of The Caravelle 12?

Sun Dec 14, 2003 6:48 am

its a very cool looking aircraft, I especially like those tear drop shaped windows, its a very interestin look.

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