The A300 and A310 were indeed ground-breaking aircraft and helped to establish Airbus as a major aeronautical manufacturer. I have flown on the A300 4 times (never on the A310). While my first flight was on AF
in 1978, it was my second flight in 1983 on Eastern (EA) that was most significant. About halfway into the MIA
leg of the flight which continued into POS
the Captain spoke at length about the A300, introducing it to those passengers who had not heard about it and describing the many new features of the plane. Indeed IFE was a new concept to me at the time (I had only previously experienced on BW
TriStars) and so listening to the music channels was so much fun! I was also amazed at the mighty plane making its way along on just 2 engines - indeed that was one of the A300's selling points. The plane also had movie equipment installed but this was not used on this flight.
As the A300 now ends its long production run let us all remember it as the most defining moment of Airbus which helped to galvanize the shaky consortium of builders into the powerhouse we know today.