Continuing the discussion from Planes of The Past Part 2- Dassault Mercure:
The Aircraft was designed for these short flights with efficiency in mind. The plane was amazing at climbing and descending and had a higher service ceiling than the 737-200 despite having the same engines.
Why was this a failure?
Many contributing factors. The main one was the fact it wasn’t what Airlines needed. Airlines needed aircraft like the DC-9 which could fly short and medium haul flights efficiently.
In the US this was simply not a good plane and same with Australians who don’t like to dehydrate after running out of gas.
You can also say the devaluation of the US dollar and the fuel crisis also contributed.
In the end the only buyer of the aircraft was Air Inter which flew 11 of the aircraft till 1995. Well short of the 125-150 sold to break even.
Would you have bought the Mercure if you were an airline in the 1970’s?