17 Facts About Airbus A300


Airbus A300 is a wide-body airliner developed and manufactured by Airbus.

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European collaborative aerospace manufacturer Airbus A300 Industrie was formally created on 18 December 1970 to develop and produce it.

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The Airbus A300 is the basis of the smaller A310 and was adapted in a freighter version.

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At this point, the Airbus A300 was only the second major joint aircraft programme in Europe, the first being the Anglo-French Concorde.

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On 18 December 1970, Airbus A300 Industrie was formally established following an agreement between Aerospatiale of France and the antecedents to Deutsche Aerospace of Germany, each receiving a 50 per cent stake in the newly formed company.

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Airbus A300 Industrie was initially headquartered in Paris, which is where design, development, flight testing, sales, marketing, and customer support activities were centered; the headquarters was relocated to Toulouse in January 1974.

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The final assembly line for the Airbus A300 was located adjacent to Toulouse Blagnac International Airport.

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Kracht's solution was to have the various Airbus A300 sections brought to Toulouse by a fleet of Boeing 377-derived Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft, by which means none of the manufacturing sites were more than two hours away.

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Airbus A300 is a wide-body medium-to-long range airliner; it has the distinction of being the first twin-engine wide-body aircraft in the world.

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In 1977, the Airbus A300 became the first Extended Range Twin Operations -compliant aircraft, due to its high performance and safety standards.

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Various variants of the Airbus A300 were built to meet customer demands, often for diverse roles such as aerial refueling tankers, freighter models, combi aircraft, military airlifter, and VIP transport.

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On 23 May 1974, the first Airbus A300 to enter service performed the first commercial flight of the type, flying from Paris to London, for Air France.

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Airbus A300 had viewed South-East Asia as a vital market that was ready to be opened up and believed Korean Air to be the 'key'.

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The savior of the Airbus A300 was the advent of ETOPS, a revised FAA rule which allows twin-engine jets to fly long-distance routes that were previously off-limits to them.

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The largest freight operator of the Airbus A300 is FedEx Express, which has 65 Airbus A300 aircraft in service as of May 2022.

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The Airbus A300 has enjoyed renewed interest in the secondhand market for conversion to freighters; large numbers were being converted during the late 1990s.

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The basic fuselage of the Airbus A300 was later stretched, shortened, or modified into derivatives .

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