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Is The A310 A Bad Plane For AR Or Just In General

Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:13 am

Hi!

First of all, this question is not intended to start a B vs. A topic.

I always found to be a strange plane in Aerolineas Argentinas fleet. Trying to fly it from EZE to NYC non-stop a few years ago, and now using it for flights to Bogota and Mexico. It seems that it always lacks the range, or passenger capacity for the routes in where AR wants to use them.

On the other hand, I am just wondering why I almost never find topics involving the Airbus 310. Was that a bad design? I can see A300 as freighters but not A310s. It was not a very successful airplane? Why is almost impossible to spot it in the US?

Thanks for your answers.

Gus

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:25 am

EZE to JFK is 10 and a half hours, 5,300 miles. If the A310 can do that nonstop, I take my hat off. And what a lifesaver for AR, if they only have 160 bookings, to put an A310 on the route instead of losing their shirts with a two-thirds empty 747-200 or half full at best A340.

No, I think the A310 is a great plane, a widebody which gives that passenger perceived value, but quite small (I think of it like a little football, bobbing along) so you don't need 300 to make it pay. It was the first widebody flown by many flag carriers such as Kenya Airways, Sudan Airways et al, and earns it's keep to this day at Air Transat, SATA and elsewhere, for all whom it is a uniquely useful aircraft and not easy to replace. And how about that Ferrari-designed cockpit eh? I'm definitely a fan.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:32 am

The problem with MEX is that on the return flight, the A310-300 cannot make it non-stop to EZE because of MEX' high altitude. The original plan was for AR to fly EZE-MEX-ACA-MEX with ACA being only a refueling stop.

I don't think the A310 is a bad plane per se, as it is -I have read- very capable and efficient for short cycles. With respect to its long-haul capabilities, the A310 was left behind by Boeing's 767ER planes and that is why it has fallen out of favor.

I believe that the problem with AR is that it does not have sufficient widebodies. The best aircraft for the EZE-MEX route, for example, would be 763ER's (like MX does), 772's (RG flew at some point the non-ER version from GRU to MEX and back non-stop, so I am sure a 772A can do EZE-MEX-EZE too) and A332's. I am sure AR would love to send a 742 or an A342 to MEX but the problem is that its other long-haul routes have their big jets occupied.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:37 am

Not knowing anything concrete, I'd guess that the CASM would be monstrous on all but the thinnest, longest routes.

Czech Airlines use them on the PRG-JFK (or is it EWR) and YUL (or is it YYZ) sectors.

Who else even uses the 310 anymore? SU....do they still have any? Yemenia...EK has that one solitary A313 left, TP I think uses them for some Atlantic runs, TS perhaps, RJ...? Of course Air India...can't think of anyone else.

I'd be interested in hearing what the CASM is on that aircraft, my guess is that its likely to be very high.

Edit: wanted to add IR, TK and...BI.

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:41 am

I am almost 100% sure that AR flew the A310 from EZE to JFK (with a lot of restrictions). I remember stories about the 30% of the luggage never being delivered in the same flight because of the weight limitations. (I heard that from an AR flight attendant).

I am not an expert (that's why I open this topic) and I don't want to make bash the aircraft. I am just curious about it.
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:46 am

The A310 is one of the more versatile and economic aircraft designs.

The type can economically operate with 200 passengers and cargo on both short 1 hour hops as easily as 7-8hour intercontinental flights.

While the design is a bit dated from the late 70s/early 80s its still an efficient aircraft. One needs to remember also initially the type was meant to be an inter European short hop aircraft, and only few years later was upgraded to operate what was at the time longer-thin routes much like the B767-200s did for Boeing.

In regards to AR and its usage of the A310, the carrier could very well be misusing the aircraft by scheduling it on routes the type was not really meant for.

To this day, I remain a fan of the A310 as I have worked closely with it and seen the types flexibility and good economics.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:49 am

DL got 21 A310s from Pan Am when it bought their shuttle routes, and subsequently bought 9 new airframes from Airbus to replace/supplement the older Pan Am birds while waiting on their 763ER fleet. I don't know the details, but they were sufficiently frustrated by maintenance and manufacturer support problems that they not only got rid of the 310s as soon as possible, but essentially decided that they never wanted to operate an Airbus again. They signed a 20-year deal with Boeing getting discount prices in exchange for buying only Boeing aircraft - that deal was thrown out as an antitrust condition of the Boeing-MD merger, but DL is to this day about as likely to stop flying to ATL as they are to buy Airbus. If other airlines had similar problems with the type, it would explain the relative unpopularity as compared with other Airbus types.

This isn't necessarily an A v. B thing either, as DL management has said the same thing about the 747. Airbus (and 747) aircraft just don't work for their business model.

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:52 am

The A-310 is a very good airplane. Many are flying freight around the US, like with FedEx. But, it was sort of left behind by the B-767-200ER and the A-340-200. The economics and range of the B-757-200 might have hurt it too.
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:54 am

Definitely left way behind with the 767 models. The A310 is an odd-ball.
It does have huge cargo volume but if you have to choose between your passengers or their bags then its all for not anyway. A decision FEDEX doesn't have to make and I'm sure their quite happy with their fairly old A310-200's.
They seem to work well with AirTransat's network of 3500-4500nm trans atlantic routes but that's all your going to get out of an A310-300. My company flies 11 A300B4-200 freighters and they are great for hauling 95,000lbs up to 2000nm but even with zero payload and full tanks (110,000lbs) its only good for 3400nm, with a good wind. A 73G can nearly make that now-a-days. But the economics just aren't there anymore for that design.
 
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RE: Is The A310 A Bad Plane For AR Or Just In General

Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:04 am

Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 6):
as DL management has said the same thing about the 747.

They said this about the 747?:

Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 6):
they were sufficiently frustrated by maintenance and manufacturer support problems that they not only got rid of the 310s as soon as possible, but essentially decided that they never wanted to operate an Airbus again.

If the A310 experience was enough to put them off Airbus, then if they felt the same way about the 747, why did they ever buy from Boeing again?

You have to wonder if the problem is with Delta and not with the aircraft.

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RE: Is The A310 A Bad Plane For AR Or Just In General

Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:07 am

Well maybe the A310 is not the best widebody on it's size where it's certainly outclassed by the 767-200ER, but for AR's case it migth be just the perfect plane, not so big, not so small, it's a plane that already was operated by AR and for AirPlusComet (and thus they have enugth experience with the plane) and for the routes they need to recover like BOG/LIM among others it can be the best plane for flying these routes without taking a huge risk in the process.

In short maybe is not the best plane for doing the routes but it sure is good enougth if you take in cosideration the special AR situation.

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:14 am

Quoting Mariner (Reply 9):

I apologize for being inaccurate. I'm not aware of any maintenance or support issues with the 747; it was just a complete mismatch to DL's business model. Almost every major American airline operated 747s when they were first introduced; the fact that only NW and UA still have any is evidence that the airplane is a mismatch to most other U.S. airline business models too. One must remember that DL operated the type during regulation, when they had no overseas routes (though I love the pictures of DL 747s at LHR, on a Pan Am code/equipment share).

The A310s came later, from taking over a number of Pan Am shuttle routes that included the airplanes (727s as well as the A310). These airplanes, as well as several more that were bought new from Airbus, are the ones DL had the problems with. Since they were also in the middle of acquiring an enormous 763ER fleet at the time, the A310s became redundant as well as problematic, and DL gave up on them and Airbus.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:14 am

But can a 73G haul 95,000, for 2,0000 NM.
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:27 am

Good point! Ask Kittyhawk how much and how far they can haul on their 733F's. Not much and not much.
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:28 pm

How does the 762ER and 313 CASM compare?
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:38 pm

Think about almost 313 fleet are wet-leased to her sister in Spain, Air Plus Comet. The plane is used in a 75% as a charter use and the rest to do flights as MAD-JFK, MAD-SDQ.

I flown in a pair of 313 of A7 this summer to MBJ from MAD and in my opinion, is a great aircraft to do this flights of about 9 hours and to transport only 254 people on board.

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:15 pm

The A310 is still providing sterling service for many airlines. If you want to see a lot of A310s, go spend a day at DXB. Notice how many are based in or near the Middle-East, the A310 is still a nice regional plane.

To the best of my knowledge, current A310 operators:
FedEx - 57
Air India - 17
PIA - 11
Air Transat - 10
Iran Air - 7
Turkish - 7
German AF - 7
Royal Jordanian - 6
TAP - 6
HapagFly - 5
Canadian AF - 5
Sibir - 5
Biman Bangladesh - 4
CSA - 4
Yemania - 4
Aerolineas - 3
Air Algerie - 3
China Eastern - 3
Kuwait - 3
Air Plus Comet - 3
French AF - 3
Uzbekistan - 3
Emirates - 2 + 2 to come
Belgian AF - 2
Lybian Arab - 2
Mahan Air - 2
SATA - 2
Spanish AF - 2
Plus an odd-ball collection of about 10 airlines that only operate 1 each.

As I said, lots in the Middle-East:
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I like the A310 and last year flew on EK's only pax one from Doha to Dubai for a short but pleasant flight.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:11 pm

Swissair operated both -200 and -300 series and were delighted ith it. Same with other airlines such as AF, KL, LH. A great aircraft with excellent operating economics, a great aircraft for pax to fly on.
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:44 pm

I am a big fan of the A310. It was perfect for European airlines high density scheduled short haul routes, LH FRA-LHR, SR ZRH-LHR, KL AMS-LHR etc. It was also well loved by Hapag Lloyd who found the aircrafts capaity and range ideal for both busy European charter flights and long haul charters too.

One thing I have found hard to understand is that many A310s were prematurely retired, especially compared to other aircraft of the same generation.

The A310 is my favourite Airbus aircraft and I believe the high density, short haul routes and on medium haul routes it was an excellent aircraft.

In fact, the reason is survived so long with LH was that their was no other wide bodied aircraft available which was suitable for short haul European routes.
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:55 pm

the 310 for AR would be fine if it had more space in Y for average sized passengers. It was on a par with the EasyJet 319s with 156 seats...

As an operating airport it is absolutely perfect for South America - suitable for a wide range of airports and having low operating costs.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:27 pm

I am a big fan of the A310 aircraft & can still remember my first flight on EKs A310s from SIN to DXB via CMB and Dubai to SIN via MLE.

The A310 has played an important role in many airline fleets such as SQ, TG, EK, QR, TY, ME, LH, AI, SR, etc.

In it's heyday the A310 provided economic payloads both pax and cargo within it's range of approximately 8 hours. SR made great use of the aircraft on transatlantic flights between Zurich and JFK whilst SQ used the A310 on short regional hops.

This demonstrates the versatility of the aircraft and the different combination of routes where it can be deployed.

On a side note, there are strong rumours that when QF were deciding between the A310 and B767, the A310 was the preferred aircraft. The B767 eventually won due it's longer range capabilities (reference to article from Australian Aviation).

SQ has been waiting for years for either Boeing or Airbus to build a replacement for the A310 that is capable of operating thin regional routes economically. Airbus submitted a number of proposals with a derivative of the A330-200 dubbed the A330-500 which were knocked back as they were too heavy.

Many A300/A310 and B767 operators went on to order the A330-200 now many A330-200 operators are moving towards the B787. Ultimately, aircraft models will come and go, it's a natural step in technological development: A300/A310 to the B757/B767 to the A330-200 to the B787.

Anyway, I digress from the topic relating to AR, however I disagree that the A310 is a bad plane.
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:33 pm

Quoting MEA (Reply 20):
SR made great use of the aircraft on transatlantic flights between Zurich and JFK

Not really, Zurich to Kennedy was almost always 747s and DC10s. There was a trans Atlantic link with Basle, which was operated by the A310.

Quoting MEA (Reply 20):
SQ has been waiting for years for either Boeing or Airbus to build a replacement for the A310 that is capable of operating thin regional routes economically.

Much as it pains me to say it, cos I love the A310 and hate the 753, but if SQ wanted a low cost A310 replacement, it's the 757-300.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:44 pm

Quoting GusNYC (Thread starter):
B vs. A topic

You already started it  Wink cause who said it's called B vs. A
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:52 pm

Cedarjet,

I disagree with 2 of your points:

Firstly, SR did use the A310 on flights to JFK. I have timetables as well as some advertisements from SR promoting the service. From memory it was a night flight and i'll try to locate the timetables from storage if you like.

Secondly, SQ operated the B752 and they were quickly removed from service so I doubt the B753 would have been considered. You will also note that the B753 wasn't in production for long compared to the production span of the A313. There were also more A313 produced and no-one ordered the B753 as a replacement for their A310 fleet.

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:18 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 18):
One thing I have found hard to understand is that many A310s were prematurely retired, especially compared to other aircraft of the same generation.

What was the reason to do that?
 
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:16 pm

Quoting GusNYC (Reply 4):
I remember stories about the 30% of the luggage never being delivered in the same flight because of the weight limitations. (I heard that from an AR flight attendant).

IIRC, AR had installed additional fuel tanks for the EZE-JFK-EZE run, which may have limited cargo/luggage capacity. Having said that, I am not sure if thta was with their current A310-300s, or with the ex-PA -200s they flew in the early/mid 90s.

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Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:25 pm

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 1):
Ferrari-designed cockpit eh? I'm definitely a fan.

It was actually designed by Porsche, not Ferrari. IIRC they also did the a306 cockpit.

Quoting Flyidaho (Reply 8):
Definitely left way behind with the 767 models

Actually, the a310 outsold the 762 (incl -200ER) (260 versus 249, but 5 of those a310's will probably never be delivered) with which it was competing directly with, capacity-wise. So it was not really a failure. I'm sure Airbus would have liked for it to have sold more, but it was not a complete failure. It also has better cargo carrying capacity than the 762, I guess part of why it sold ok.
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Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:36 pm

Quoting Kappel (Reply 26):
It was actually designed by Porsche, not Ferrari.

As I hit send, I thought I might have got that detail slightly wrong.

Anyway who said the A310 was a failure? 255 deliveries is a pretty good result, especially cos it wasn't really part of a family, except for the A300-600R.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:06 am

Quoting LVTMB (Reply 25):
Having said that, I am not sure if that was with their current A310-300s, or with the ex-PA -200s they flew in the early/mid 90s

I believe those were the 3 A310-200s.

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 27):
255 deliveries is a pretty good result

Do you think so? Is that number high enough for break even the costs of developing a new plane?
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:26 am

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 2):
The problem with MEX is that on the return flight, the A310-300 cannot make it non-stop to EZE because of MEX' high altitude. The original plan was for AR to fly EZE-MEX-ACA-MEX with ACA being only a refueling stop.

About 10 years ago, AR A310 used to fly EZE-MEX-PTY-EZE, of course AR wanted to fly MEX non-stop bothways, but since at that time they served PTY, they took advantage of that and included it because the aircraft doesn't have the range for a MEX-EZE non-stop; It was awful to fly EZE-PTY via MEX and IMHO EZE-PTY-MEX-PTY-EZE could had have better yields than that strange routing, plus PTY had no problems given AR 5th rights, PTY even gave AR 5th rights for BOG-PTY-BOG once upon a time.
Does the AR A310 have the range for a MEX-COR/SLA/TUC non-stop?

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 3):
Who else even uses the 310 anymore? SU....do they still have any? Yemenia...EK has that one solitary A313 left, TP I think uses them for some Atlantic runs, TS perhaps, RJ...? Of course Air India...can't think of anyone else.

JM had a couple, they even used them on LHR-MBJ/KIN, that flight together with INTERFLUG SXF-HAV seemed to be the longest A310 ever.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:18 am

Quoting GusNYC (Thread starter):
First of all, this question is not intended to start a B vs. A topic.

Really? Sure sounds like one.

Quoting GusNYC (Thread starter):
Why is almost impossible to spot it in the US?

FedEx operates them in number, but whether or not they do this in the US is unknown to me.

I flown on the 310 over 70 times (TP, Sabena, and Delta) and it is, without a doubt, my favorite plane to ride on. It is comfortable and I can't remember the last time a flight was delayed due to technical reasons. Most airlines love them (TP sure does) and they can be seen all over the world, but as you stated, they are not very common in the US. What a shame.

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Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:18 am

The A310 was derived from the bigger A300. Thus the weight of the airplane affected the operating economics aspects. And several operators have reconfigured theirs to carry more seats to offset the operating costs. The advantage the airplane had was an increase in range. And its good to remember this was done at a time when Airbus only had the A300.

The same economic precedent occurred when Boeing shortened their 747’s to the 747-SP

But technically, it’s a very good airplane.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:33 am

Quoting GusNYC (Reply 28):
Do you think so?

Those numbers beat other widebody types (L-1011, MD-11, 762ER), so not bad.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:43 am

LPLAspotter, the FX A310s are operated primarily in the US. Every major metropolitan area will get at least one on the overnight turns. Great a/c for the load. More than the old 727-200s (obviously) and not as much as the A300's so there aren't empty positions. (freighter's CASM). Plus the fuel efficiency is outstanding compared to the older Boeings and Douglases.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:40 am

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 15):
12 seats in Business Class (2-2-2) and the rest in tourist (3-4-3).

Are you sure 10 accross in coach? Or do you mean 3-3-3?
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:42 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 16):
I like the A310 and last year flew on EK's only pax one from Doha to Dubai for a short but pleasant flight.

Flew on it just yesterday, DXB-KWI and it was absolutely packed. Nice ride, very powerful engines, but lacking in leg room (something common with most of the EK fleet..
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:54 am

Well now this is indeed a strange thread to be started in the US.

At our airport here in Stockholm Fed Ex is using the A310F daily.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/857790/M/

The A310 has been used here by both Pan Am and Delta across the Atlantic. This means it had sufficient range from New York to Stockholm.

Many other carriers have operated the A310 here very much to both their and their passengers satisfaction. It is a very good design on distances where it is meant to be used. But now it is getting old and being replaced by others. Nothing strange with that.
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RE: Is The A310 A Bad Plane For AR Or Just In General

Wed Jan 04, 2006 3:00 am

I think is a good airplane for AR.
I flew once on a AR 747 from MIA to JFK and the airplane was almost empty.
So, I guess for some routes the A313 is effective.
10/15 years ago many European airlines used the A310 on flights to North America, Swissair, Lufthansa,AirFrance,CSA,Austrian,Tarom,Interflug.

And it can be use for regional flights to Brazil, Chile and national flights too.


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Wed Jan 04, 2006 3:23 am

TP shows what the ideal market for the A310 is; most of their medium-long haul flights are with the 310 (340 only for GIG, GRU, JNB, MPT, LUA that are too far). The fly them to five (I think) Brazilian destinations, Venezuela, Guinea-Bissau, EWR, and occassionally on LHR and ORY. I think the average number of hours per day that these a/c are flying is very high, for a non-LCC at least. They now feel comfortable enough to order the (bigger) A330/A350, but the A310 has served them well for a long time.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 3:39 am

I think it's an excellent plane to use if you can't fill up a bigger widebody  Smile

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 16):
Emirates - 2 + 2 to come

Emirates has one left flying, fairly sure It'll go soon as well...

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 16):
As I said, lots in the Middle-East:

OK is not a middle eastern airline.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:22 am

I often wondered too why the A310 was retired so fast.
was it a trend to dispose them because Airbus came with new technology over the shelf or whatever?

from the comments of the guys here I understand A310 was a great aircraft.
Still it's like the Neanderthaler of the airliners to me.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:47 am

Any news of CSA replacing the A310s anytime soon?
 
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting MEA (Reply 23):
Firstly, SR did use the A310 on flights to JFK. I have timetables as well as some advertisements from SR promoting the service. From memory it was a night flight and i'll try to locate the timetables from storage if you like.

Actually, though I dont doubt the SR A310s made it to JFK as well , I believe the flight youre thinking of was their relatively new ZRH-EWR-ZRH flight. It was an evening departure from ZRH at around 6pm - and a very late departure back from EWR - like 11:55pm, scheduled as A310.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:10 am

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 40):
I often wondered too why the A310 was retired so fast. was it a trend to dispose them because Airbus came with new technology over the shelf or whatever?

from the comments of the guys here I understand A310 was a great aircraft.
Still it's like the Neanderthaler of the airliners to me.

Stange statement about a roughly 20 years old plane of which 255 has been built and 232 are still in operation.

Go and count the 310s parked in the desert. And compare that to a lot of much newer types.

Of course a lot of airlines have sold off their 310 fleets to second hand operators. Mainly to replace them with 330s.

Ever heard of one single undamaged 310 being beercanned?
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:37 am

Quoting Rdwelch (Reply 33):
LPLAspotter, the FX A310s are operated primarily in the US. Every major metropolitan area will get at least one on the overnight turns.

Hey, thanks for the great news!
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RE: Is The A310 A Bad Plane For AR Or Just In General

Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:59 am

Quoting LPLAspotter (Reply 30):
Quoting GusNYC (Thread starter):First of all, this question is not intended to start a B vs. A topic.
Really? Sure sounds like one.

Well, I am not comparing the A310 with any plane made by Boeing. I am not saying that any plane from Boeing is better than the A310...

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 32):
Those numbers beat other widebody types (L-1011, MD-11, 762ER), so not bad.

But I think the planes you mentioned were not a big success either. If I compare the number of A310 to the number of Concorde built, the A310 is a huge success!  

Again, I don't want to offend anybody's feelings. As somebody said here, I always thought the A310 was an odd-ball and I am just wondering why (and also if I am wrong about that).

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Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:07 am

Quoting AeroVodochody (Reply 39):
Emirates has one left flying, fairly sure It'll go soon as well...

I think he was talking about the EK Cargo A313  Smile

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Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:14 am

I flew JMs A310 from ATL to MBJ in F. I remember a very comfortable seat in a spacious and conmfortable cabin. Smooth and quiet in flight with short and powerful take-off! Did they operate 200s or 300s?
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:49 am

Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 43):
Stange statement about a roughly 20 years old plane of which 255 has been built and 232 are still in operation.

Off course, if you look it that way,
but how many 767's cross the pond daily and how many A310's are doing that with PASSENGER carriers?

And in fact A310 is a fine competitor with the 767-300, even today.

But then again A310 was introduced in 1983, so they where getting to there 20's at the end of the previous millenium and A330-200 was already available then.
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Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:16 pm

I think A310 is a very unique aircraft. I am not sure if there will be a replacement for that. I flew in TK's A310s many times and rode a jumpseat in it once. It's an aircraft that can haul nice amount of people with lotsa cargo under the belly. I am sure some of them will become really good cargo planes.
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