Airbus A310 - France, 1983
Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus A310 Medium-Range Passenger Transport.
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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.