Airbus’ A310 is the most profitable jetliner in its class, with lower operating costs and better economy than any other airliner in the 200-seat category. Since its service entry in 1983, the aircraft has provided maximum flexibility for operators – flying short-, medium- and extended-range routes with a high degree of reliability.
The groundbreaking A310 accommodates 220 passengers in a typical two-class layout with 20 first-class and 200 economy-class seats, at a range of up to 5,200 nautical miles.
During its production run, orders for this widebody jetliner reached 255, with a large majority of them still in operation around the world.
Key innovations utilised throughout the A310 result in improved safety, enhanced operational efficiency and reduced costs for operators. Such technologies include fully-digital avionics; electrically-signalled flaps, slats and spoilers; a new-generation auxiliary power unit; and an active centre-of-gravity control system.
The A310’s two engine options – General Electric’s CF6-80C2 and the PW4000 from Pratt & Whitney provide with reduced fuel burn, along with lower noise levels and CO2 emissions.
The A310’s 222-inch fuselage cross-section is the widest in its category, providing an optimum balance of aerodynamic efficiency, true widebody passenger accommodations and a standard international cargo system.
The unmatched flexibility of this jetliner’s seating arrangements – combined with galley, lavatory and attendant seat location options – allows operators to customise the A310 cabin to best suit their needs and market requirements.
Passenger comfort is further enhanced with large overhead stowage for optimal carry-on baggage capacity, while the A310’s cabin air system provides draught-free air conditioning – with temperature control in three separate cabin areas.