willyknut
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Did SAS Consider Buying B727?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:16 am

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?
 
SASMD82
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RE: Did SAS Consider Buying B727?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:17 am

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.
 
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RE: Did SAS Consider Buying B727?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:11 pm

Isn't it easier to ask which aircraft SAS haven't considered?!  
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Clydenairways
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RE: Did SAS Consider Buying B727?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:22 pm

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.
 
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RE: Did SAS Consider Buying B727?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:37 pm

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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RE: Did SAS Consider Buying B727?

Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:12 am

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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