The Airbus A310-300F is a short- to a medium-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner that was developed and manufactured by Airbus. The freighter has the capacity to carry 39,000 kgs of freight over a distance up to 5,950 km. The aircraft has a maximum payload of 40,600 kgs. The main cargo deck can hold up to 16 standard 2.24m x 3.17m pallets. The underfloor hold can carry either 14 LD3 containers or three 2.24m x 3.17m pallets and six LD3 standard containers..
The Airbus A310-200F freighter aircraft is a conversion of the A310 wide-bodied airliner The first A310-200F freighter was deliveredin 1994.
Production of A310 and A300 aircraft ceased in July 2007. Airbus launched a new freighter variant of the A330 to enter service in 2009.
The converted A310 freighter gives a quickly available and cost-effective cargo transport for mid-size freight. The low empty weight and wide body with large fuselage cross-section gives fast and efficient cargo handling and good freight volume.
Airbus’ A310 is the most profitable jetliner in its class, with lower operating costs and better economy than any other airliner in the 200-seat category. Since its service entry in 1983, the aircraft has provided maximum flexibility for operators – flying short-, medium- and extended-range routes with a high-degree of reliability.
The groundbreaking A310 accommodates between 190 and 230 passengers in a typical three-class layout, at a range of up to 5,200 nautical miles. The A310’s two engine options – General Electric’s CF6-80C2 and the PW4000 from Pratt & Whitney provide reduced fuel-burn along with lower noise levels and CO2 emissions.
The A310 has been commonly marketed as an introduction to wide-body operations for airlines based in developing countries. The airliner was replaced in Airbus’ lineup by the highly successful A330-200 which shares its fuselage cross-section.
The Boeing 767 and McDonnell Douglas DC10 have similar capabilities to the A310.