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US Airlines A300s

Tue Jul 04, 2000 7:06 pm


Quite a few US airlines operate(d) some A300s: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Pan Am, Continental Airlines...

I know American Airlines had a requirment for a large aircraft to be operated on the Caribbeans. But what about the other airlines?

American Airlines is now the last US carrier to operate the type. IIRC Continental Airlines retired its last one in 1995 (does stand correct?)

Could anyone provide me some information regarding the fleet or former fleet of A300s in the US?

Aslo I have heard the AA's A300s weren't first polished, like the rest of the fleet, as the Airbus get an anticorrosion coat on the metal skin. What color did
they paint them in? When did they start polishing them? Why?

Thank you very much,

Best regards,
Alain Mengus


RE: US Airlines A300s

Tue Jul 04, 2000 10:13 pm

>>American Airlines is now the last US carrier to operate the type.<<

Don't forget about us freight haulers. UPS has ordered 30 new A300-600's with options for 45 more. Rumor is we will exercise the options. I received my type rating just last week and we should take delivery of our first aircraft in about two weeks. FedEx also flies a fleet of A300/310's.

Airbus was going to shut down the line on the A300. I hear they were quite surprised when UPS purchased up to 75 new aircraft.
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RE: US Airlines A300s

Tue Jul 04, 2000 10:23 pm

Like American, Pan Am also flew their A300s on Caribbean routes, such as MIA-CCS-POS, BOS-JFK-BGI, and the short-lived 1990 JFK-SJU nonstop (which I flew, strangely enough). They also operated the A300 on Latin American routes, such as MIA-MEX, JFK-MEX, MIA-CCS-Recife (don't know the code), JFK-CCS, etc., and on high-density and transcon routes such as MIA-LAX, MIA-JFK, and MIA-SFO. However, out of New York, PA flew 747s on the transcon routes.

The ill-fated Pan Am II was to use the A300 as their workhorse on many routes in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S., saving the 747s for the JFK and MIA nonstops to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.
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RE: US Airlines A300s

Wed Jul 05, 2000 12:20 am

I don't believe that Delta ever flew the A300.

Also, I could be wrong about this, but I once read that American's A300s are not actually polished, but are painted with an anti-corrosive paint that resembles metal. Sort of a "chrome" paint job as it were.

I'm sure there are some American fans who can confirm or clarify this.
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RE: US Airlines A300s

Wed Jul 05, 2000 1:17 am

delta flew a310/220&300 the first ones they received from pan am then they bought or leased 13 new a310-300 from airbus but only operated them for about a year i think some of them are now in air jamica's fleet

RE: US Airlines A300s

Wed Jul 05, 2000 3:20 am

The A300 is currently active in the US in a freighter role as well as carrying passengers with American. Apart from UPS and FedEx which as noted above, have ordered/operate new A300-600Fs, several US carriers are using converted aircraft.
DHL have 6 ex-Thai A300Fs have 4 ex-Qantas A300Fs
Pace Air Cargo have 3 ex-Malaysian A300Fs (on order?)
Tradewinds have have 3 assorted A300Fs

You can trace all A300/310 aircraft that are/were previously N registered at;
This is the best Census I have found!


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