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Airbus A310

France (1983)
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The Airbus A310-series shares many similarities with the A300-600, but features a shorter fuselage.


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.

Any available statistics for the Airbus A310 Medium-Range Passenger Transport are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






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.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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255


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


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Origin: France
Year: 1983
Type: Medium-Range Passenger Transport
Manufacturer(s): Airbus Industrie - France
Production: 255
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
France; United Kingdom; Spain; Germany
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Airbus A310-300 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
8


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
153.08 ft


Meters
46.66 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
144.03 ft


Meters
43.9 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
51.84 ft


Meters
15.8 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
178,111 lb


Kilograms
80,790 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
361,556 lb


Kilograms
163,999 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
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.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
560 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
902 kph


Knots
487 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
5,965 mi


Kilometers
9,600 km


Nautical Miles
5,184 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
42,651 ft


Meters
13,000 m


Miles
8.08 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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.