PennPal From United States of America, joined May 2004, 170 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2396 times:
The October 2006 edition of "Airways" magazine states that Airbus will end production of the A300 series next July. That's the first I've heard that this model will no longer be built. Can anyone confirm this...or has this been discussed before and I just missed it????
Barbarian From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2287 times:
Last set of wings are currently in Jig at Broughton (UK). A set of these main assy jigs will be kept available until the a/c it is delivered to its customer next year, then its really goodbye and goodnight.
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
Quoting Legoguy (Reply 6): So are airbus building new freight a300's or are they just modifing old ones? And what is the price tag on one of these aircraft?
Well, people can still have A300s converted to freighters at DRS.
AFAIK, a brandnew A300F4-605R/-622R is basically not a factory built freighter, but rather a full PAX aircraft with plugged windows, which goes for conversion to DRS (correct me if I'm wrong though). A bit different from what Douglas and Boeing did and still do, which is building them as freighters from the factory and offering conversions for aircraft already in service.
Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5052 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7): AFAIK, a brandnew A300F4-605R/-622R is basically not a factory built freighter, but rather a full PAX aircraft with plugged windows, which goes for conversion to DRS (correct me if I'm wrong though).
You're wrong. The A300s discussed in this article are newly built, as freighters. The ones you see in DRS are conversions. A few pictures to illustrate:
This one shows a converted A300-600 at DRS. You can clearly see where the cutting was done to install the cargo door, and you can see the plugged windows.