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Airbus A310 - France, 1983

Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus A310 Medium-Range Passenger Transport.

 Entry last updated on 6/23/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Airbus A310  
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The Airbus A310-series shares many similarities with the A300-600, but features a shorter fuselage.

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.

Airbus A310-300 Specifications

Service Year: 1983
Type: Medium-Range Passenger Transport
National Origin: France
Manufacturer(s): Airbus Industrie - France
Total Production: 255

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 8
Overall Length: 153.08 feet (46.66 meters)
Overall Width: 144.03 feet (43.90 meters)
Overall Height: 51.84 feet (15.80 meters)

Weight (Empty): 178,111 lb (80,790 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 361,556 lb (163,999 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

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.

Maximum Speed: 487 knots (560 mph; 902 kph)
Maximum Range: 5,184 nautical miles (5,965 miles; 9,600 km)
Service Ceiling: 42,651 feet (13,000 meters; 8.08 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

France; United Kingdom; Spain; Germany

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.

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