Airbus A300

Airbus A300

Airbus A300 is a wide body, twin-engine jet airliner by Airbus. It was first introduced in May 1974 with Air France. The Airbus A300 is the world’s first twin-engine wide-body passenger aircraft and it is also became the first wide-body aircraft to be driven by only two pilots and used a digital cockpit. The A300 used many technological innovations at the time which helped improve the reliability of the aircraft, reduced operating costs, and paved the way for Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS). The production of the A300 later prompted Boeing to develop the Boeing 767 to compete with Airbus.

It’s cargo variant also became popular and are still operated by FedEx Express, UPS among others. A total of 561 A300 variants were built before the production ceased in July 2007.  

Role: Wide-body jet airliner
Manufacturer: Airbus
Country: Multi-national (Europe)
First flight: 28 October 1972
Introduction: 23 May 1974 (Air France)
Produced: 1971-2007
Number built: 561

A300 Variants

  • A300B1
  • A300B2
  • A300B4
  • A300-600
  • A300B10 (A310)
  • A300-600ST

Specifications

Cockpit crew: 2-3
Length: 53.61 m (175.9 ft) – 54.08 m (177.4 ft)
Height: 16.66 m (54.7 ft) – 16.72 m (54.9 ft)
Wingspan: 44.84 m (147.1 ft),
Wing area: 260 m² (2,800 sq ft)
Aspect ratio: 7.7
Width (Cabin): 5.287 m (17.35 ft) cabin
Width (Fuselage): 5.64 m (18.5 ft)

MTOW: 165,000 kg (363,763 lb) – 171,700 kg (378,534 lb)
Max payload: 37,495 kg (82,662 lb) – 48,293 kg (106,468 lb)
Fuel capacity: 48,470 kg (106,858 lb) – 53,505 kg (117,958 lb)
Engines: CF6-50C2 / CF6-80C2 / JT9D-59A / PW4158
Takeoff thrust: 230 kN (52,000 lbf) – 270 kN (61,000 lbf)
Speed: Mach 0.78 (450 kn; 833 km/h)
Range: 5,375 km (2,900 nmi)  – 7,500 km (4,050 nmi)