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What happened to Air France’s Airbus A310s?

Today, we are going to focus on the future of Air France’s Airbus A310s. Before we get into that thought, let’s take a look at the European automaker’s short-haul jumbo jet and see why it came into existence.


May 1972 saw the maiden flight of the Airbus A300, the world’s first twin-engine widebody. Designed as a medium to long-range airliner, the A300 featured several firsts, including the first aircraft to incorporate composite materials into its construction. In 1977, the Airbus A300 became the first twin-engine aircraft to comply with ETOPS regulations.

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Swissair and Lufthansa wanted a smaller A300

Following interest in a smaller version of the Airbus A300 from Swissair and Lufthansa, Airbus developed what would become the A310. Accommodating 220 passengers in a two-class configuration or 240 in all economy versions, the Airbus A310 was 22 feet 8 inches shorter than the A300.

The aircraft performed its maiden flight on April 3, 1982 and entered service with Swissair a year later. During its production between 1981 and 1998, 255 Airbus A310s were built.

While we believe Air France has taken delivery of ten Airbus A310s, the Aero Transport Data Bank (ATDB) lists the French flag carrier as having five. The aviation data and statistics site ch-aviation, however, lists Air France as having operated six A310-200s and four A310-300s.

Airbus A310-200

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F-GEMA

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-200 registered F-GEMA on April 27, 1984. The aircraft was converted to freighter and sold to FedEx Express in April 2001. FedEx operated the aircraft until 2014. The The aircraft is currently listed as being stored at the Southern California Logistics (VCV) Airport in Victorville, California.

F-GEMB

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-200 registered F-GEMB on June 4, 1984. The aircraft was converted into a freighter in 2002 and sold to FedEx. The parcel carrier flew the plane for seven years before sending it to Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV) in Victorville, Calif., for storage.

F-GEMC

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-200 registered F-GEMC on June 21, 1984. The aircraft was converted into a freighter in 2002 and sold to FedEx. The overnight shipper used the plane for seven years before scrapping it at Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV) in Victorville, California.

F-GEMD

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-200 registered F-GEMD on January 5, 1985. The aircraft was converted into a freighter in 2002 and sold to FedEx Express. The shipping company flew the aircraft for seven years before scrapping it at Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV) in Victorville, California.

F-GEME

F-GEME was delivered new to Air France on April 12, 1985. Air France operated it as an airliner until December 11, 2001. The aircraft was then converted into a freighter and sold to FedEx, which flew the plane for an additional 12 hours. years before sending it to Victorville Southern California Logistics (VCV) for disposal.

F-GEMG

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-200 registered F-GEMG on March 18, 1988. Along with several other Air France A310-200s, the aircraft was converted to a freighter in 2002 and sold to FedEx. In 2014, FedEx sent the aircraft to Victorville Southern California Logistics (VCV) for scrapping.

Airbus A310-300

Spanish Air Force A310

F-GEMN

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-300 registered F-GEMN on August 4, 1989. The aircraft was operated as a passenger aircraft before being converted into a cargo aircraft on December 30, 2002. On October 30, 2003, the plane was sold to Icelandic airline Islandsflug. Two years later, the aircraft passed to Turkish Airlines, which operated it for eight years. The aircraft was scrapped at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (ISL) on March 20, 2015.

F-GEMO

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-300 registered F-GEMO on August 31, 1989. On November 4, 2002, the aircraft was sold to French Eagle Aviation, which operated it until June 5, 2006. The The aircraft is listed as scrapped at Greenwood Leflore Airport (GWO) in Mississippi in November 2013.

F-GEMP

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-300 registered F-GEMP on 11 December 1990. The aircraft remained in service with Air France for 12 years before being sold to the Spanish Air Force on 21 July 2003. The aircraft is currently listed as still active.

F-GEMQ

Air France took delivery of an Airbus A310-300 registered F-GEMQ on February 13, 1991. The aircraft remained in service with Air France for 11 years before being sold to the Spanish Air Force on February 3 December 2003. The aircraft is listed as still active.

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    Airbus

    Stock code:
    AIR

    Creation date :
    1970-12-18

    CEO:
    Guillaume Faury

    Head office location:
    Toulouse, France

    Key product lines:
    Airbus A220, Airbus A320, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350, Airbus A380

    Type of company:
    Planner