MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 961 posts, RR: 9 Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
I just cruised by Airbus' website order and delivery section and saw that 260 A310s have been ordered but only 255 have been delivered, leaving 5 units still on order. Does anyone know who the customer is, and will they be passenger or freighter models? I was under the obviously mistaken impression the A310 production line was finished! And if this has been addressed before my apologies, but I couldn't get the search feature to produce an answer.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2628 times:
Even though the A310 line is not officially closed, Airbus has not been marketing the type for some time now. Instead, they seem to offer the larger A330-200 to customers. For this reason, it is most likely that PIA will be leasing the additional A310s needed for their fleet.
The last A310 was built in 1998, I think it went to Uzbekistan Airways.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2566 times:
The A310 and passenger verions of the A300 fall under the odd category of airliners that are no longer actively marketed by the manufacturer, but are available if an airline would place an order.......its a gray area, since airliners are rarely built without an order, so what is the difference? To make it simple, as long as the A300 line is open and producing freighters, Airbus can supply an A310 (or passenger A300, as was done for JAS a few years ago) should an airline really want one. Of course, Airbus would much rather sell an A332 than and A310, but that is another issue.
The best example I can think of is Continentals purchase of 10 762s which they received a couple of years ago.....until CO's order (part of their 764 deal I believe), a 762 had not come off of the 767 production line for about 4 years I think and Boeing was not actively marketing the type. CO needed an airliner for long range services that was smaller than the 764, so Boeing built 10 new 762s for Continental with some of new features (including the interior style) of the 764s.
I think the JAS A306 order was more recent than a couple of years ago, infact have they all been delivered to JAL yet?
JAS just couldnt find a suitable replacement for their 20 year old A300s and ordered new passenger A300s. If airbus carries on delaying an A306/A313 replacement or update, I could see another couple of orders for the types trickeling through maybe from Lufthansa or some other airline that apreciates them.