Future Of The A300/A310

Thu May 11, 2000 6:57 am

So how are the A300 and A310 doing on Airbus's product line, and how much longer will they be there? I've heard tht AB is planning an A329 to replace the two types, but how is this progressing?
Also, are airlines replacing their A300s and A310s, or will they be in passenger service for some time still?
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RE: Future Of The A300/A310

Thu May 11, 2000 7:14 am

I don't think Airbus is delivering any new 300/310. But I'm not sure if they officially closed the production line.
Airbus will most probably develop the A330-100 as a replacement of the 300/310. It is a shortened 330-200 with modified A300-600 wing. It has a capacity of 200-250 passengers.
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RE: Future Of The A300/A310

Thu May 11, 2000 6:41 pm

Heavyjet stated that UPS is taking delivery of Airbuses' last A300-600's. After the UPS order is filled the A300 production line will close.
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RE: Future Of The A300/A310

Thu May 11, 2000 8:28 pm

Although the big UPS order is now the only one in Airbus 300/310 orderbook, I believe Airbus still market both types. They claim they still can make a profit of the line, even if only a few aircraft a year are built.
The A310 isn't built in 2 years but they are still hoping to sell some military transporters or AEW-versions. The A300 is still being marketed, they're hoping for follow-up orders from UPS,
FedEx and also for the Beluga (maybe Boeing for Wichita-Seattle transports!).

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