arr4089
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Airbus A310 Experience

Sun May 07, 2017 3:35 am

Hi All,

Would love to hear about people's experiences flying on or piloting the A310. Do you love or hate the plane. I have never flown on one but alwyas had a soft spot for it
 
ryan78
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Sun May 07, 2017 4:48 am

Been on many A310 flights in the last year on SATA/Air Azores and Air Transat, from a pax perspective only though. The SATA bird was visibly worn, it looked old and tired both inside and out (wings were very dirty, definitely needed a good wash) and was really uncomfortable for the 7 hour flight to Lisbon, I was not impressed at all. As for Transat the newer cabin refurb has helped them look not so tired, from the inside they look new (ish) and are relatively comfortable, flew on them on a few round-trips to Dublin as well as to Cuba last month, only gripe with them is no seat-back entertainment like all of Transat's A330's but you are able to stream to your laptop or tablet for free. The A310 is definitely more comfortable TATL then a narrowbody, ie. Icelandair or WOW Air, at least in my experience, but unfortunately they need to go as they are getting up there in age and there aren't many left in pax config.

If you would like to experience the A310 I would suggest booking a flight with Air Transat soon, they plan on phasing them all out by 2018/19. They offer a really great long-haul product, with baggage, hot bistro meals & free entertainment included. A lot better then what Rouge and Westjet are offering on their European flights!
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Mon May 08, 2017 3:02 am

Thanks for your insight.
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Mon May 08, 2017 4:35 am

I only flew on an A310 on one round trip back in 2004; YYZ-POP with Air Transat. At the time, the planes had tired interiors without many entertainment options (no AVOD) but at least legroom wasn't restricted and the seats were comfortable enough for a 4 1/2 hour flight each way.
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Mon May 08, 2017 12:45 pm

I flew to DXB with OK on the A310 way back in around 2002. I'd love to give you a detailed description of how amazing it was, but to be honest... from what I remember, it wasn't much different to flying on an A300 or A330 (noisier that the 330 of course).
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Mon May 08, 2017 9:02 pm

I have flown on A310-200 and A310-300 with CAAC, Thai and Singapore airlines. The routes flown was Shanghai-Hongkong, Bangkok-Phuket, Singapore-Penang and Singapore-Denpasar. The flights was very nice and felt the same way as A300, A330 and B767.
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Thu May 11, 2017 7:10 pm

I love the A310 in that it has/had a perfect passenger cabin for the perfect load factors.

Talking as a passenger, I hated the A310 in that for medium/long routes (when its belly is full of fuel & cargo) it lacked the performance for high altitude cruise with optimum altitude only between 30,000 to 33,000 ft. If you have weather conditions then it does not fly over the storm but rather flies just through it.
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Sat May 13, 2017 7:35 am

Flew on them with Lufthansa, KLM, Wardair and Canadian (after they took over Wardair). I do miss them. Absolutely loved them.
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:11 pm

Flown on retired Kuwait Airways planes. Feels relaxing and irritating at the same time.
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:11 pm

Flew many times in the TAROM ones, as a passenger, and first time was a great surprise. Used to narrowbodies on that route (OTP-MAD), it looked spatious and comfortable.
But the interior also looked a bit outdated, and the only entertainment system was a moving map at the front of the aircraft, on old CRT screens that didn't always work properly. Anyways, it was always a good experience, and flew it MAD-OTP-MAD (many times), OTP-DXB (once) and OTP-AMS (twice).

After TAROM retired their two A310s, I also flew another one with Mahan Air (SYZ-THR), and their interior looked refurbished, so quite good but their LCD screens at the bulkheads were just too big and out of place.
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:25 pm

Been on them many times, mostly SR, TK, ME, CY, RJ, MS. RJ was my most recent. Like most anything else, it comes down to the config. I doubt there are any A310s out there that have cutting edge, modern cabins like what you might find in the latest A330s. So you have to compare like to like. And back in the day when it was A310 vs 767, I would say it compared favourably. It had the wide cabin feel without having too many passengers. In business class, most operators went for 2-2-2 which felt roomier than 2-2-2 on a 767. In economy however the 767 had a slight advantage given 7 abreast, however the original overheads bins on the 767 were smaller than what Airbus put on the A300 and A310.

All in all, a wonderful plane, but like the 767-200, not that hard to see why it wasn't the sales queen of the line. You spend $500 more in fuel per hour and another couple of crew members and you can take on another 60-80 passengers. If you don't need the range, there wasn't a tonne of point in getting the short bus. That said, it did have a niche on long range low density routes such as what OK did with it on PRG to the East Coast, and it did have the legs to open up some longer haul flying for EK before they got 777s.
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:28 pm

Wow - it was such a long time ago that I was on an A310. My first and only time, actually. It was in 1992 and we were a part of a company incentive trip. IIRC, it was after Delta took over PanAm's routes. We flew into CDG and our experience was very good - there weren't very many passengers and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. I wish I took pictures of the plane!
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:25 pm

I did a couple trips on KLM and it was always a treat flying a widebody on European sectors. Did LHR CDG and BCN and must say they where comfortable flights.
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:16 pm

I was lucky to fly on a good few of them over the years including TK KL KQ DL . They were great aircraft to fly on second only to the A300's .
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:30 pm

In November last year I flew on three A310 flights...the first of which was a last hour (literally) booking just to fly on it. I had positioned myself to Toronto from SFO to fly SATA roundtrip to PDL the next day...that would have been my first ever A310 flight. I'd just flown in on a West Jet 737-600 from Montreal and I saw an Air Transat A310 sitting at a gate. I walked to the gate and noticed it was flying to Montreal in a couple of hours. Short version of the story: I booked a flight on the Air Transat A310 to YUL and came back on another West Jet 737-600. Spent the night in the airport hotel and flew the SATA round trip the next day.

Air Transat thought I was so "plane crazy" to make the last minute booking just to fly them and the A310 they gave me a seat up front...I chose 2A. There was only one other person...a non-rev by the looks of it...seated across the cabin up front. It was a great experience for the short flight to YUL.

SATA was also a nice experience. They have 2-4-2 seating in coach (versus Air Transats 3-3-3 in coach) and I sat in the very last row on port side...I wanted to be at the "top" of the upward-sloping rear floor the A300/310/330/340 have. It was a nice flight to the Azores. I stayed the day and flew back on the same tail# (it remained on airport during the long layover) again seated in the rear of the cabin...the second row from the back on the starboard side. Also a nice flight on the return although I lost my voice because I was talking to my seat mate nearly the whole return trip.

Trip photos and details can be seen beginning here: http://www.aeromoe.com/flightlog/flt556.html you can navigate forward and backwards through my flights with the links on the pages.

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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:45 am

My one and only experience with the A310 was a PA 310-200 from LHR to FRA way back in 1986. I don't remember too much about the experience of flying it other than the flight was bumpy pretty much from wheels up to wheels down. How times have changed in 31 years; US airline flying a wide body on a short haul European flight with meal service on the one hour journey. That's something you wouldn't see today.
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 am

Had 3 sector: HKG-BKK and BKK-HKG when AI was still operating its 5th freedom flight on that secttor. The flight was actually operated by OK at the time. Last one was PK on their 5th freedom PEK-NRT

Always enjoy the ride on the A310 very much. Like the powerfull take off.
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 am

Had 3 sector: HKG-BKK and BKK-HKG when AI was still operating its 5th freedom flight on that secttor. The flight was actually operated by OK at the time. Last one was PK on their 5th freedom PEK-NRT

Always enjoy the ride on the A310 very much. Like the powerfull take off.
 
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:27 pm

Flying experience on Air India A310-300 was very much similar to the A300B4/B2 that domestic airline Indian Airlines operated.
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Re: Airbus A310 Experience

Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:04 pm

I also managed to catch Tarom's A310 on the MAD-OTP route a few months before their pair were retired. It is my only flight in J to date and stepping into the cabin felt like stepping back in time to an 90s film set; huge recliners, big fat CRT screens on the ceiling etc. I'll never stop being grateful for the upgrade that got me a seat in front of those engines - they screamed like nothing I'd ever heard before!

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