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Airliner near-ifs
« on: March 19, 2019, 06:06:46 am »
A couple of finds from the Flight archive:

Indian Airlines had signed a LoI for 12 757-200s in 1984, but cancelled it in September 1985 after a price war led to a deal for the A320.

Air France signed a lease agreement in November 1967 for an Il-62 to enter service by May 1968 on the Paris-Moscow route.  Did this actually happen?  if so I suspect it was just with small Air France titles but the full livery would make a nice WHIF.

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Re: Airliner near-ifs
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2019, 06:13:46 am »
November 1971, JF Airways of Portsmouth ( UK ) placed an LoI for a single Yak-40 contingent on ARB approval, the price remaining at 450,000 and the economic projections being favourable.  It was to supplement Twin Pioneers on services to the Channel Islands.

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Re: Airliner near-ifs
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2019, 06:36:23 am »
Here's an example of a leased Tu-114 in JAL service from the Tokyo-Moscow route (note the small JAL logo on the front fuselage):



And here's a KLM-leased Il-62:



Quite subtle additions to the Aeroflot markings.

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Re: Airliner near-ifs
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2019, 08:53:35 am »
BEA were very keen on buying 727-200's and 737-200's, they also looked at the DC-9-40, but favoured Boeing.  They were vetoed by the government who insisted they buy British.  They continued to run their Tridents instead of the 727 and bought One-Eleven 500's instead of the 737.

737:
http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/search/photo_search.php?id=00009597

727.  I've got to admit, I find it hard to distinguish between the Trident and 727 and this artwork makes it even harder.
http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/search/photo_search.php?id=00014466
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Re: Airliner near-ifs
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2019, 10:35:49 am »

BEA were very keen on buying 727-200's and 737-200's, they also looked at the DC-9-40, but favoured Boeing.  They were vetoed by the government who insisted they buy British.  They continued to run their Tridents instead of the 727 and bought One-Eleven 500's instead of the 737.

737:
http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/search/photo_search.php?id=00009597

727.  I've got to admit, I find it hard to distinguish between the Trident and 727 and this artwork makes it even harder.
http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/search/photo_search.php?id=00014466


If BEA had stopped shilly-shallying about over the Trident's spec they'd have GOT a 727 effectively, but one built by de Havilland and with RR engines. Instead they effectively wrecked the aircraft's sales prospects worldwide and then spent the whole time complaining about them!

I've had a 727-100 done in the BEA High Speed Jack scheme in build for at least 20 yrs. now, I really MUST get it done!
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Re: Airliner near-ifs
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2019, 01:03:38 am »
Oooh... in July 1961 KLM's favourite as successor to the Electra was allegedly the Trident, with the 727 and Caravelle 10 also in the running.  Delivery would have been in 1964.

Of course the DC-9 then came along and eliminated the potential for a Trident in any of those KLM blue liveries.

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Re: Airliner near-ifs
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2019, 01:49:35 am »

Of course the DC-9 then came along and eliminated the potential for a Trident in any of those KLM blue liveries.


But here in WhiffWorld it's entirely possible to produce one, and I just might now that you've brought the idea to mind.  :thumbsup:

I've never done a Trident Three yet, so a conversion and a KLM decal job would be pretty good perhaps?
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