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.