N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
I have sat at the rear of the A300 and yes the floor itself has a slight upward slant. I noticed that I was able to see over people's head a little bit easier. It is a result from the Airbus design. A310's, A300's, A330's and A340's all have it. Take a closer look at some pics and you will see it.
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3084 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1704 times:
Wow, that IS one ugly A300. I'm all in favor of AA's classic livery, but that plane needs a makeover. Perhaps even a little help from the Fab Five: Carson can design some new stripes to de-emphasize the window slant and cover up those unsightly composite fuselage parts, Thom can redesign the interior and put MRTC back in, Ted can propose a new menu, and Jai can teach the F/As to make eye contact. "All things just keep getting better..."
Sorry, I am clearly watching too much TV these days...
Blueairbureau From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
Just thought I would shed a little light on this subject. When the 300 "bus" was first designed it was about 9 feet shorter than it is now. As Airbus was marketing the 300 to airlines they noted it fell short in under floor capacity, but not by much. By raising the floor they were able to add one more lower level container without changing the general control setup or the cabin floor structural strength. In the end production models were lengthened to the B2,B4's 175ft11in, (600's are 177ft5in). Airbus was already pushing for an on time entry into service and decided not to invest in redesign. Air France(the 300's first operator) did not see a problem with this and the rest is history....