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When Did Delta Get Rid Of Ex-Pan Am Airbus A310s?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 5053 times:

When did Delta get rid of ex-Pan Am Airbus A310s?

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User currently offlineATL2CDG From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 296 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week ago) and read 5033 times:

Fleet commonality. Delta did not want a combination of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. As Delta had and still has a cozy relationship with Boeing, it made sense to dump the Airbuses.

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User currently offlineDl1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5012 times:

I can't remember for sure, but I think by 94/95 they were gone. The A310's were a real PITA to work on and most of my co-workers were glad to see them go.

User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4998 times:

they are now flying for Fedex
And apparently, they are not the prefered 310 by maintenance people.

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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5297 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4944 times:


Only the A310-200s (7 I believe) are now with FedEx, the others were spread throughout the world, with many operators (Air Jamaica and tarom being two that I know of).

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4876 times:

Did the Delta A310s have screens (for the IFE) that hung down over the center rows of seats? I am not talking about at the bulkhead, but actually towards the center of the main cabin. I am trying to figure out if I was on one of the DL A310s. This was about the early 1990s and was a Florida to ATL flight, but the only thing I can remember about this specific aircraft was that I was in the center seating section (I don't remember whether there were 4 or 5 seats), and that in front of the row in front of me there was a screen that was hanging from the cabin ceiling. Did any of the Delta widebodies have a feature like this, or were there only video screens at the bulkheads?

I know it sounds vague, but thanks for any info on this.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

I think you were on an L1011. When I flew on them in '95 they had detachable screens on the center.

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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4762 times:

The A310s were a REAL PAIN for Delta. They were always breaking down, and DL was always having to get spare parts that cost extra money, so they dumped them. Simple.

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4701 times:

The last pic in this database is dated April 96.

Daniel Smile

User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1658 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Some of DL's 767-300s have the hanging screens in the aft cabin about half way back. They hang from the bottom of the center section of the overhead bins. Others have the tv screens in the celings of the isles. Last flight I was on to DFW, the FA's forgot to take the screen down until the very last second before we landed. They came running down the row and pulled it off the celing. There's no way they made it to their seats before touchdown.  Smile

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4593 times:

I didn't realize that so many Delta aircraft had the hanging screens. I do not remember seeing the hanging screens on the L1011s or the 767s that I have flown with them, so that made me think that maybe only the A310s had them. Oh well, looks like I will never know then.  Sad

Thanks for the info, though.


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4558 times:

I also read that the Airbuses were not particularly well cared for while with Pan Am and that they came to Delta in pretty bad shape. Is this true?

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineIVO From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days ago) and read 4481 times:

After they received the PAN AM A310's, they ordered nine direct from Airbus.


User currently offlineRyanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

I think they did have screens as you describe during their Pan Am lives, don't know about DL. A lot of DL people complain about them, management seemed happy because they bought more, but in general the A310 isn't anybodies favourite plane.

User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1422 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Fanofjets I don't know about the A310s exactly but when UA bought PA's pacific routes they spent about twice as much as they expected in order to get the inherited 747 SP's in proper shape. I spoke with a woman who left WA/DL to go work as a flight attendant for Pan Am in the mid-80s (so she could use her foreign language skills). She was taken aback at the condition of the A310s, which were fairly new at the time. It seems sometimes basic stuff like the PA system would not operate properly.

I don't get the impression that Airbus manufacturing quality is poor, so I too would like to know if DL found a big difference between the inherited Pan Am A310s and the ones they leased from Airbus later.

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