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Economic advantages

Economic advantages
With a commercial service entry in 1982, the A310 jetliner was designed to accommodate 220 passengers in a two-class layout, while utilising digital avionics and an active centre-of-gravity control system.

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.

Cost-efficient technologies

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.

Widebody comfort

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.