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Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Sun Jul 25, 2004 1:52 pm

Anybody knows what transatlantic routes were flown by Sterling Caravelle during the early 70's? I thought I read something about YYZ with a fuel stop in KEF!
 
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RE: Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Mon Jul 26, 2004 4:47 am

Your kidding?! My uncle used to fly a Caravelle VI-R for Midwest Air Charter/Airborne Express in the late 1970's, and from what he said they couldn't even fly nonstop westbound from their hub at Wilmington, Ohio, out to the west coast. If Sterling used them over the Atlantic, I'd imagine they must have stopped in Iceland and again in Gander coming over. The pax must have been a patient bunch indeed.

BTW, Airliner.net has a great collection of Caravelle photos in the older bomber grey livery of Midwest/Airborne Express.
 
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RE: Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Mon Jul 26, 2004 4:55 am

As Highflier92660 points out, while the Caravelle was a fine old noisemaker, it's range was not in this kind of range  Big grin. Besides which, what about ETOPS Big grin
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RE: Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Mon Jul 26, 2004 5:46 am

Sterling did indeed operate transatlantic charter services using the Caravelle. They also operated it to Sri Lanka.
Even SAS flew the Caravelle from Copenhagen to Bangkok with multiple stops during 1959-60.

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RE: Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Mon Jul 26, 2004 5:53 am

VARIG's first jet was a Caravelle which operated all the way to New York City (with many stops I presume). It was more common back then for airliners to make stops en route than it is now.

The Caravelle actually looked rather nice in Sterling's livery:


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RE: Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:24 am

What a beautiful airplane...so graceful and you gotta love those windows.

Sterling did operate Caravelles on transaltantic services for a short time with a scheduled fuel stop in Iceland, and sometimes an extra fuel stop in the Canadian Maritimes on the against-the-wind eastbound journey to Toronto. I remember reading that it was a difficult service to operate and fly, in the pre-ETOPS world, there was little flexibility in the routing that the Caravelles could follows and, at times, the journey to/from Canada was extraordinary long.
 
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RE: Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Mon Jul 26, 2004 5:02 pm


Hi!

I saw in the latest "Airways" magazine an arthicle about ETOPS where they talk about Sterling and their operation over the pond, they used Keflavik and Newfoundland has a stop for their flights. I believe that problably they used or the model 10 or even the 12 model. Don't forget that Sterling was the the first one to operate the Caravelle 12.
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RE: Sterling Caravelle Transatlantic Routes

Mon Jul 26, 2004 7:58 pm

And people today complain about EWR-OSL in a 757 Big grin
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