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Airbus A310

Medium-Range Passenger Transport

Airbus A310

Medium-Range Passenger Transport

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Airbus A310-series shares many similarities with the A300-600, but features a shorter fuselage.
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ORIGIN: France
YEAR: 1983
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Airbus Industrie - France
PRODUCTION: 255
OPERATORS: France; United Kingdom; Spain; Germany
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Airbus A310 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 8
LENGTH: 153.08 feet (46.66 meters)
WIDTH: 144.03 feet (43.9 meters)
HEIGHT: 51.84 feet (15.8 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 178,111 pounds (80,790 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 361,556 pounds (163,999 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Pratt & Whitney PW4152 turbojet engines developing 52,000 lb of thrust OR General Electric CF6-80C2A2 turbojet engines developing 52,000 lb of thrust.
SPEED (MAX): 560 miles-per-hour (902 kilometers-per-hour; 487 knots)
RANGE: 5,965 miles (9,600 kilometers; 5,184 nautical miles)
CEILING: 42,651 feet (13,000 meters; 8.08 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• A310 - Base Series Designation
• A310-100 - Proposed Short-Range Model
• A310-200 - Proposed Medium-Range Model
• A310-300 - Base Passenger Transit Model Designation; Based on the A310-200 model; equipped with integrated drag-reducing wing-tip fences; increased range; tailplane trim tank.
• A310-300C - Conversion model of base A300 series marked by "C" in designation.
• A310-300F - Full freighter model of the base A300 series marked by "F" in designation.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus A310 Medium-Range Passenger Transport.  Entry last updated on 4/11/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Airbus A310-300 was produced as a budgeted alternative to the based A300-series (detailed elsewhere on this web site) at a time when Airbus was still awaiting official order placement from potential customers. This interim design featured a shortened fuselage and a few cost-saving features in terms of both maintenance and repair - not to mention the lighter weight improving distance and capacity statistics.

The A310 series went into production in 1982 and saw official use in 1983 in a variety of forms. As with the A300 series, the A310 also came in conversion cargo and full-featured freight variants for added market appeal.

The A310-300 model is a longer-range variant with wing-tip fences that reduce drag. Other aerodynamic features are incorporated as well, allowing for the system to enjoy a tremendous operating range overall. The A310 is used in all capacities by many companies operating from multiple nations around the globe, adding yet another in the line of successful Airbus exports.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (560mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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