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Air Transat Airbus A310-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a superbly cloudy Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Transat Airbus A310-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a superbly cloudy Saturday afternoon 2019. Of note, this specific plane commenced its operations with Emirates, having received the aircraft in 1992, and was subsequently transferred to Air Transat in 2001, bringing the aircraft near its 30th anniversary. As for the specifications of this dated Aircraft, the A310 was the second airliner produced by the now mammoth aircraft manufacturer Airbus. First flown in 1982 and measuring in at approximately 153ft (47m), it allows for Air Transat's passenger capacity of up to 250, in a two class configuration. Air Transat remains one of the largest operators of the Airbus A310, with 6 presently in service. However, this plane and model will be soon replaced by the forthcoming Airbus A321LRs in early 2020, bringing an end to The A310's eventful yet safe service with the Canadian airline. With over 28 years in flight, C-GPAT (pictured here) has taken a significant place in history, specifically resulting from a critical mechanical failure back in March 2005. Whilst flying from Cuba to Canada, the aircraft experienced a significant rudder issue, in which much of the unit failed and detached from the rear fuselage in mid flight. Following loss of control, the A310 began to "dutch roll" before stabilization by the pilots and returned successfully to Cuba after well over an hour of manual flight without rudder control. Repairs were made, allowing this aircraft to continue its frequent flights, culminating with its arrival at YYZ on this Saturday. As a result of this event, subsequent safety inspection programs were modified to prevent future issues associated with the durability and maintenance of The A310 and similar Airbus models. From a model with such an iconic history, enjoy the image!
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