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Airbus A310

By Patrick Mondout

With the success of the A300 came the need for a similar aircraft both smaller and more efficient. The program was launched in July of 1978 as the A300B10, a derivatives of Airbus' original A300b airliner. By the time the prototype flew for the first time on April 3, 1982, it was known as the A310.

Swissair became the launch customer and put it into service on April 11, 1983.

Airbus A310-300

HB-IPL, a Balair Airbus A310 seen in Switzerland, July 1995

Image courtesy of AirNikon. Find more of his photos at Airliners.net

 

Airbus A310 at a Glance
Engines2 GE CF6-80C2A8 or 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4156A turbofans
Cruising Speed615
Passengers210-280
Range5200
Span144ft
Length153ft 1in
Height51ft 10in
Weight330,600
Built255 (still in production)
Final ProductionN/A
Mesurements refer to A310-300

 

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FLYING FACTS

Image courtesy of Airbus Industrie

Model: A310

Manufacturer: Airbus

Country: (European consortium)

First Flight: April 3, 1982

First Passenger Flight: April 11, 1983

Launch CustomerLufthansa and Swissair


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