United Caravelles with 227 Changes!

A fascinating report from the February 15, 1962 issue of The Aeroplane and Astronautics on the introduction into service of the Sud Aviation Caravelle with the US airline United.


Caravelle Jet Mainliner

DELIVERY was completed late last month of United Air Lines’ 20-aircraft fleet of Avon-engined Caravelle VI-Rs. Initial statistics show that the Caravelle had a total direct operating cost of 152.7 U.S. cents per revenue aircraft-mile. The cost per seat-mile of these 64-seaters worked out at 2.40 cents and, at a load factor a fraction under 60% in the first three months of operation, the cost per passenger-mile was 4.02 cents. Revenue utilization in the first three months of operation was 3 hr. 48 min. a day.

The first Caravelle (N1001U) of United’s $68-million order was accepted by the airline on June 12 last year and was named “Ville de Toulouse”. Caravelle Jet Mainliner service was inaugurated on July 14 between New York and Chicago and by mid-January this year the first aircraft had flown 1,000 hours.


Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below