Hello. I was on an AA Airbus A300 aircraft on MCO-SJU over a week ago. This was my first flight on one of AA's A300s. However, I noticed something somewhat unusual for a widebody aircraft: the buttons for the reading lights and call buttons are overhead. On most widebody aircraft, those buttons are usually integrated with the IFE controls either on the armrest or on the seat back, at least on Boeing widebodies. Are all Airbus widebodies this way? On my previous flight on Delta on a domestic 767-300 on ATL-MCO, the call buttons and reading light buttons were on the armrest. On Delta's 777s and international 767-400s, those functions are controlled on the PTV touch screens, without using actual buttons. I personally prefer them in the armrests, seatbacks, or on IFE touch screens, as you do not have to reach up.
Personally, I don't consider my A300 flight a pleasant experience. The interior looked cluttered and in poor condition, and one of the lavatories smelled horrible. My previous Delta 767-300 flight was much better, and in fact looked quite new on the inside, with the leather seat covers, clean new wallpaper, and new bright PSUs. The only thing that might have given away its age is the IFE.