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Wich Airlines Flown Mercure?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:48 am

Back in the late 80's, I've flown several times with Air Inter (French domestic company) in Mercure aircrafts.
Does someone know wich are the other companies flying this aircraft?
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RE: Wich Airlines Flown Mercure?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:49 am

I think Air Inter was the sole operator of the Mercure. I think they had 10 of them.
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RE: Wich Airlines Flown Mercure?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:49 am

Nope. Just them. I believe that only 10-12 airframes were built, all of them going to Air Inter.
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RE: Wich Airlines Flown Mercure?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:15 am

Air Inter was finally the sole operator of the Mercure, with 11 aircrafts in service (not 10).

10 series aircrafts were produced, and Air Inter added to its fleet in the early 80's the 11th aircraft : one of the prototype, modified to be able to carry PAX. It was registered F-BTMD (MD=Marcel Dassault).
All other a/c were registered from F-BTTA to F-BTTJ.

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RE: Wich Airlines Flown Mercure?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:33 am

Air Inter ordered 10 examples of a stretched version with reduced fuel capacity for its generally very short ranged network.

Since the program ended with that, then the shorter, lower capacity prototype was later rebuilt to the same standard and sold cheaply to Air Inter.

That's the background behind dozens of threads here at a.net bashing the Mercure for it's short range.

If the Mercure had sold in numbers to ordinary airlines, then the bulk would have been the original shorter version which would have had the same lower seating capacity and longer range capability as the B737-200.

The truth is that the Mercure came too late into an already overcrowded market dominated by BAC One-Eleven, DC-9, B737 and to some extent Trident and B727.

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RE: Wich Airlines Flown Mercure?

Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:07 am

Air Inter was the sole owner and promary operator of the type. Air France leased 2 examples to evaluate them but otherwise only Air Inter operated the type.
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