The DC10-10 was the initial version which was designed for domestic routes with a maximum seating capacity of 380. Power was supplied by 3 GE CF6-6D high bypass turbofan engines each delivering 40,000 lbs of thrust. Also produced was the DC10-15 which was designed to be used at hot high-altitude airports. This series was fitted with higher thrust GE CF6-50C2F turbofans each producing 46,500 lbs of thrust. A total of 7 DC10-15s were built and delivered to Mexicana and Aeromexico.
In mid 1983 CP Air cross-leased three DC10-30s with United Air Lines for three DC10-10s. All 10 Series aircraft were painted in the CP Air livery but retained their US registrations. The aircraft were mainly used on domestic routes within Canada. A fourth DC10-10 was leased for a short time from United in 1985 while two of CP Air's DC10-30s were being fitted with long range fuel tanks. The 3 cross-leased DC10s continued on into the merger with Canadian Airlines.
Thanks to Carl VetterDevelopment of the DC10 continued with the introduction of the series 30 and 40. The DC10-40 was the first long range version of the DC10. Originally designated as the DC10-20, it was later changed to the DC10-40 at the request of Northwest Orient the launch customer. The series 40 was fitted with PW JT9D turbofan engines the same power plant found on the early 747s. All 42 DC10-40s built were delivered to Northwest Orient and Japan Air Lines.
The DC10-30 was the most successful variant of the DC10 series. The aircraft is very similar to the series 40, but came equipped with GE CF6-50 engines. It entered service with launch customers KLM and Swissair late in 1972. With typical payload the aircraft can carry 250 to 270 passengers over 4500 miles. Additional variants of the DC10-30 included the 30CF (Convertible Passenger/Freighter), the 30ER (Extended Range) and the 30F (Freighter). Due to its greater fuel capacity and therefore higher takeoff weight than the series 10, both the DC10-30 and 40 sport a 3rd main landing gear. The extra main, consisting of 2 wheels, extends from the centre of the fuselage. In all 206 DC10-30s were built.
The final DC10 rolled of the production line in 1989 with a total of 386 being delivered. In addition to civil versions of the DC10 a military variant known as the KC-10A Extender was produced. Based on the DC10-30 platform these aircraft were used as tankers by the US Air Force to perform midair refueling. They entered service in 1981 with a total of 60 units being produced. CP Air took delivery of its first DC10-30 in March of 1979 with two more being added in July and November of the same year. By March 1982 the DC10-30 fleet had increased to eight examples.
CP Air utilized these aircraft on their international routes to Europe, South America and the Pacific. All eight DC10-30s were carried over into the merger with Canadian Airlines.
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