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Airbus A310 Airbus
Medium-Range Jetliner

As Airbus was finalizing plans for the A300, many airlines expressed interest in a smaller, extended range model. Following a number of design studies, Airbus announced plans to proceed with a derivative of the A300 called the A310.

The two aircraft made use of much the same construction to minimize costs. The A310 combined a shortened A300 fuselage with a new tail assembly and wing. The wing incorporated advanced high-lift devices allowing wingspan and wing area to be greatly reduced. In addition, the A310 introduced a sophisticated two-crew cockpit with advanced digital avionics.

Seating between 210 and 250 passengers, the initial A310-200 model was developed into a full range of passenger, freight, and mixed passenger/cargo versions that sold well throughout the airline market. Production later switched to the A310-300 extended range model and A310-300F cargo freighter. Though the -300 series proved the most popular, only a handful were built during the 1990s and the final delivery occurred in 1998. No further orders were received even though the production line officially remained open until May 2007. A total of 260 A310 airliners were built for airlines, cargo companies, and military services.

Data below for A310-300
Last modified 10 March 2011

First Flight (A310) 3 April 1982
(A300-300) 8 July 1985
Service Entry

April 1983 (with Lufthansa and Swissair)

CREW: two flight crew: pilot, co-pilot

PASSENGERS: 210 in three classes
220 in two classes
280 in one class



Wing Root unknown
Wing Tip


Length 153.08 ft (46.66 m)
Wingspan 144.00 ft (43.89 m)
Height 51.83 ft (15.80 m)
Wing Area 2,357.3 ft² (219.0 m²)
Canard Area

not applicable

Empty 177,130 lb (80,345 kg)
Normal Takeoff unknown
Max Takeoff 330,695 lb (150,000 kg)
Fuel Capacity internal: 16,130 gal (61,070 L)
external: not applicable
Max Payload

72,445 lb (32,860 kg)

Powerplant two General Electric CF6-80C2A2 turbofans or
two Pratt & Whitney PW4152 turbofans
Thrust (GE) 107,000 lb (476.0 kN)
(PW) 118,000 lb (524.9 kN)

Max Level Speed at altitude: unknown
at sea level: unknown
cruise speed: 545 mph (875 km/h) at 32,800 ft (10,000 m), Mach 0.8
Initial Climb Rate unknown
Service Ceiling unknown
Range max payload: 5,200 nm (9,600 km)
g-Limits unknown

A300B10 Airbus design study for a shorter, longer-range version of the basic A300 airframe
A310 First prototype
A310-200 First production model; 85 built
A310-200C Convertible passenger/cargo model
A310-200F Dedicated cargo model
A310-300 Long-range model with wingtip fences and increased fuel capacity; over 170 built
A310-300C Convertible passenger/cargo model based on the A310-300
A310-300F Freighter model based on the A310-300
A310 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport converted from A310 airliners and designed as a military airborne refueling tanker or cargo transport, equipped with a fuel transfer operator station and two refueling pods under each wing as well as additional fuel tanks to provide a total capacity of 171,960 lb (78,000 kg); 4 converted for Germany and 2 for Canada
CC-150 Polaris

Canadian designation for the A310

Civil Aeroflot
Aerolineas Argentinas
Air Afrique
Air Algerie
Air Djibouti
Air France
Air India
Air India Cargo
Air Jamaica
Air Kazakhstan
Air Liberté
Air Niugini
Air Paradise International
Air Plus Argentina
Air Plus Comet
Air Transat
Antinea Airlines
Armenian Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Avion Aircraft Trading
AwAir International
Biman Bangladesh
Carnival Air Lines
China Eastern
China Northwest Airlines
Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
CSA Czech Airlines
Cyprus Arways
Delta Air Lines
Emirates Airlines
Iran Air
Kenya Airways
Khalifa Airways
Kibrish Turkish Airlines
KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines
KTHY Cyprus Turkish Airlines
Kuwait Airways
LAB Airlines
Libyan Arab Airlines
MIAT (Mongolian Airlines)
Middle East Airlines
Midwest Airlines Egypt
Nigeria Airways
Oman Air
Pacific Airlines
Pakistan International
Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Qatar Airways
Royal Aviation
Royal Flight
Royal Jordanian Airline
Sata International
Singapore Airlines
Sudan Airways
TAP Air Portugal
Thai Airways International
Trans Mediterranean Airways
Turkish Airlines
United Airways
Uzbekistan Airways
Yemenia Airways
Government/Military Belgium, Belgishe Luchtmacht/Force Aérienne Belge (Belgian Air Force)
Canada (Canadian Armed Forces, Air Command)
France, Armée de l'Air (French Air Force)
Germany, Deutsche Luftwaffe (German Air Force)
Pakistan, Pakistan Fiza'ya (Pakistani Air Force)
Spain, Ejército del Aire Española (Spanish Air Force)
Thailand, Kongtap Agard Thai (Royal Thai Air Force)


Airbus A310

  • Aboulafia, Richard. Jane's Civil Aircraft. Glasgow: Harper Collins Publishers, 1996, p. 28-29, Airbus A310.
  • Airbus A300/A310 site
  • Chant, Christopher and Taylor, Michael J.H. The World's Greatest Aircraft. Edison, NJ: Chartwell Books, 2006, p. 238, Airbus Industrie A310.
  • Donald, David, ed. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 1997, p. 35, Airbus Industrie A310.
  • Donald, David, ed. The Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft. San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 1999, p. 26-33, Airbus A310.
  • Donald, David and Lake, Jon, ed. The Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft. NY: Barnes & Noble, 2000, p. 27, Airbus Industrie A310.
  • Rendall, David. Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide, 2nd ed. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999, p. 203, Airbus A310.
  • Taylor, Michael. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1996/1997. London: Brassey's, 1996, p. 286-287, Airbus A310.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000. London: Brassey's, 1999, p. 269-270, Airbus A310, Airbus Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).

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