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Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:44 pm


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The last A300 ever to leave the Airbus Final Assembly Line was delivered to FedEx today, 12th of July 2007.

Over the life span of the A300/A310 programme a total of 821 planes have been ordered and today there are more than 650 A300s and A310s in service with about 80 operators.

The Airbus A300, launched in May 1969 and entering service with Air France in May 1974, was the very first wide-body twin-engine aircraft ever brought to the market: it set totally new standards in the industry.

The A300B and its follower, the A310, had a rather slow start, but as their reputation for economy and reliability spread among airlines, they went on to become market leaders in short to medium haul passenger operations, and the family also became the best selling freight aircraft ever. With more than 820 aircraft sold, the A300/A310 family included different variants, both newly built and converted freighters, combis, air tankers, military and VIP transport, and of course Airbus' fleet of 5 A300-600ST Belugas.

The constant design evolution across the family, along with the integration of new technology and materials, earned it a place in aviation with many industry "firsts": the first two-man forward facing cockpit for a twin-aisle, the innovative glass cockpit, the first application of composites on secondary, then primary structures, the first use of electrical signalling for secondary controls and the introduction of both drag-reducing wingtip devices and centre of gravity control.

Such innovation ensured the A300/A310 Family maintained levels of economic and operational performance that continued to attract new customers and generate airline profits well into the 21st century.

Today, a third of Airbus' customers operate A300/A310 Family aircraft as part of a wider Airbus fleet and more than 200 of the 650 aircraft currently flying with some 80 operators will still be in service in 2025. The A300/A310 Long Term Support team will ensure that maximum customer satisfaction is maintained throughout the life cycle of the A300/A310 Family.

Responding to the future cargo market needs for more efficient aircraft with more range, more capacity as well as lower operational costs, Airbus launched the new A330-200F freighter in January this year. Only 6 months after the launch, the A330-200F is already experiencing great demand in the cargo market with a total of 67 orders and commitments from seven customers to date. Airbus anticipates a demand for over 1,600 freighters in the mid-sized freighter category during the next 20 years.

More details, including a nice movie on the history of the A300/A310 family can be found on:

http://www.airbus.com/en/corporate/p.../company_evolution/a300/index.html

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:07 pm

Farewell to another mileston in aviation.

I wonder what will fill the gap between A321 and A332. Its odd that the demand for a midsized medium-range aircraft seems so low these days.
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:10 pm

Quoting Sabenapilot (Thread starter):
The last A300 ever to leave the Airbus Final Assembly Line was delivered to FedEx today, 12th of July 2007.

This is indeed a very sad day.  Sad

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:12 pm

Quoting NA (Reply 1):
Its odd that the demand for a midsized medium-range aircraft seems so low these days.

It is especially as there appears to be a demand for second-hand 757s. I wonder if we'll see airlines abusing 787s and A350s in the future to fill this gap?
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:18 pm

The A300 has a special place in aviation history. Also it paved the way for Airbus as it is today. Before the idea of the A300 European aviation was scattered and small-scale. The A300 allowed the world to see that European engineering, production and reliability was world-class.

It allowed Airbus to become a household name, as well as diversifying their line with the smallest planes to the largest and near everything in between.

The A300 has seen its share of real-world testing, including being shot with an anti-aircraft missile in Iraq resulting in half the wing disappearing. It landed safely, as a testament to the durability to "Toulouse steel".

The A300 is a solid workhorse, designed to move people and cargo effectively, which explains why even today airlines are using and today (for the last time) accepting a new delivery 35 years after it was introduced.

I for one am damn impressed over the long and sucessful story of the A300. Well done Airbus. This plane defines you. I think you can be most proud of that.

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:20 pm

End of an era.

I remember very well reading the 1971 yearbook of "Der Spiegel". There were two articles about aviation. One about the A300 - bashing it completely as a waste of money, that would never get any market, only as German Taxpayer financing French Industry. The other was about the VFW614 - claiming this to be THE design of the future and the most promising project, with thousands of sales to be expected.

Reading analysts, aviation articles and some a.netters, nothing has changed.
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:31 pm

Incredible plane, will be missed!  Sad
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:32 pm

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
The A300 has a special place in aviation history. Also it paved the way for Airbus as it is today. Before the idea of the A300 European aviation was scattered and small-scale. The A300 allowed the world to see that European engineering, production and reliability was world-class.

European engineering *was* world-class before, it was just that it was spread over different countries and uncoordinated, remember Comet, Caravelle, Vickers, Hawker-Siddeley or even Junkers. It was the first time where europeans joined forces in the aviation industry...

So yes, I also see the A300 as a milestone.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:35 pm

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 5):
remember very well reading the 1971 yearbook of "Der Spiegel". There were two articles about aviation. One about the A300 - bashing it completely as a waste of money, that would never get any market, only as German Taxpayer financing French Industry.

For some reason I fail to understand, 'Der Spiegel' has been strongly against Airbus from day one and as they were shown to be wrong time after time again the time, effort and agression they have put into bashing Airbus on every single step it has taken over the years, constantly discrediting every single achievement it has booked, has only grown to a point where you now just have to shout 'AIRBUS' in their HQ for the printing of this week's copy to be stopped in the hope of you having found another stick to hit out with at what has become a undisputed success story against all odds.

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 5):
Reading analysts, aviation articles and some a.netters, nothing has changed.

Some around here would fit nicely on the 'Der Spiegel' payroll indeed.

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:39 pm

Another Day to remember in Aviation.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:49 pm

End of an era indeed. Great achievement.

Things to note from the Airbus PR machine.

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The Airbus A300, launched in May 1969 and entering service with Air France in May 1974

Back when Airbus could develop and deliver in 5 years. They delivered something the competition couldn't, as well. Today's Airbus should take a lesson from this upstart company from 40 years ago.

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but as their reputation for economy and reliability spread among airlines

Well, not exactly, they redid the jet in new version that was more economical and reliable. The original didn't win converts all of a sudden. And then, they redid it again as the A330. That basic design idea is still selling like hotcakes in 2007. That's something amazing.

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and more than 200 of the 650 aircraft currently flying with some 80 operators will still be in service in 2025.

They have no way of knowing this other than speculation. It's 18 years from now. I think "should" is a better word than "will" since based on today's market, there's every reason to think the freight carriers will keep them flying. But you never know what 18 years will bring.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:52 pm

Flown on A300s operated by Monarch and Air Scandic. Very nice a/c  Smile
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:55 pm

One of the great tribute threads WINGS put together was RE: Airbus A310- A Tribute By Wings (by WINGS Nov 3 2006 in Civil Aviation), hopefully this will prompt a similar tribute.

I have enjoyed all the tribute threads you have put together WINGS.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:56 pm

Which airline is flying the last passenger A300 (or A310)?
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:00 pm

A great thread, and a sad day. A remarkable airplane, one so advanced it gave birth to an entire company. Interesting to note that as it goes out, another game changer is being ushered in: the 787.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:00 pm

Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 8):
For some reason I fail to understand, 'Der Spiegel' has been strongly against Airbus from day one

'Der Spiegel' is strongly against everything that smells French, and against the German-French partnership. Since the founder, Augstein, had his private war against the Adenauer cabinet, and most later ones, it propagated either a blind followship to the US or a neutral role between the soviet empire and the western world - but had and has a strange nationalist concept when it comes to European Union.

That Airbus is a visible success of European Cooperation ( with all its struggles ) is beyond what they can accept. It would just falsify what they preach for half a century now.

FDX is the biggest A300 operator by now - anybody knows the exact number?
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:04 pm

Am I right in saying that at one point they had no order backlog at all and carried on making whitetails that they stored in TLS until some orders came in?

How things change with AB now having over 2000 planes in their backlog - a bit of a jump from 0!
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:06 pm

Quoting FlyingAY (Reply 13):
Which airline is flying the last passenger A300 (or A310)?

Think that would be JAL/JAS, an Airbus A300B4-622R, registration JA012D


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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:12 pm

Quoting FlyingAY (Reply 13):
Which airline is flying the last passenger A300 (or A310)?

And last A310 is Uzbekistan.

Interesting to note that the first A300 in the US were operated by Eastern Airlines. Airbus just couldn't penetrate the US market but they wanted it and needed to. So they lent 4 aircraft to Eastern Airlines, free of charge, for 6 months. Satisfied with the aircraft, Eastern ordered a total of 32 aircraft after that.

Also, the hangar in which the line is was built by putting a roof in between the Concorde and Caravelle hangars. Today, the hangar is used to store some A320 components and do finishing work on A320. The Concorde and Caravelle lines are ATR and A320 lines today.
 
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Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:15 pm

My first flight ever was on a Ic-a300. Sitting in a 737 or a320, getting tossed around by turbulence one cant help but miss the old giant.It still has one of the most advanced wings ever built.

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:30 pm

Quoting MBJ2000 (Reply 7):
It was the first time where europeans joined forces in the aviation industry...

Not exactly - the Concorde was the trailblazer when it came to the Euros joining forces in aviation. Airbus used the lessons learned in that project to help it in its infancy.
 
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Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:32 pm

Quoting Sabenapilot (Thread starter):
the first two-man forward facing cockpit for a twin-aisle,

What is this supposed to mean, are there many twin aisle jets with backward facing cockpits? Or downward, upward, sideward? The Tristar or Il-86 have perhaps and the pilots are instructed not to tell anyone? Big grin
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:33 pm

Very sad for Airbus as this great aircraft made Airbus what it is today. Hope LH will hold on to this trusty workhorse for a long time to come. With the updated cabin for long-haul flights most pax want release that this aircraft is one of the older types with LH anyways.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:35 pm

I wonder whether she'll fly through Bangor, Maine on the way to MEM or IND? Once or twice a week FedEx has 9XXX flights through KBGR.

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:37 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 11):
Flown on A300s operated by Monarch and Air Scandic. Very nice a/c

Wish I could say the same, my one A300 flight was on CO in 1989 MCO-IAH, and the flight was very stuffy-must have had a pack out or something  Sad
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:53 pm

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 21):
What is this supposed to mean, are there many twin aisle jets with backward facing cockpits

When the twin aisles aircraft, aka widebodies came into being, they were all 3-man cockpits.
GARUDA was the first airline to order an A300 with a forward facing two-man cockpit.
Of course this has since changed with the MD-11, MD-10 upgrades, B744, B777 etc.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:59 am

Quoting GARUDAROD (Reply 25):
When the twin aisles aircraft, aka widebodies came into being, they were all 3-man cockpits.

I know, I was just wondering why the emphasis on that it was the first front facing cockpit, which implies there are non front facing cockpits in other widebodies, so I was wondering what that would mean.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:08 am

I remember flying on a Hapag Lloyd A310 from HAJ-AGP.

Nice flight, it was the first ever twin-aisle plane I've been on. It's the end of an era for sure.

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Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:20 am

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 26):
know, I was just wondering why the emphasis on that it was the first front facing cockpit, which implies there are non front facing cockpits in other widebodies, so I was wondering what that would mean.

It means that in a 3 men cockpit, not everybody is facing forward, but the FE is facing sideways. The navigator also has a different position in Soviet aircraft.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:01 am

So is this actuall a ***New Aircraft*** or an old A300 converted to Frieghter?
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:08 am

Quoting BlueSkys (Reply 29):

Brand New Frieghter.

A sad day indeed, the plane marked the end of the American monopoly on the market and for that it deserves the highest credit. The industry would be pretty dull had Airbus not succeeded, we would only really have Boeings Big grin

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:20 am

I wonder if FX woll put some kind of decal commemorating the fact. I'll look forward to seeing it in ROC.
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Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:48 am

Quoting BA787 (Reply 30):
A sad day indeed, the plane marked the end of the American monopoly on the market and for that it deserves the highest credit. The industry would be pretty dull had Airbus not succeeded, we would only really have Boeings

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:19 am

Quoting Jonathan-l (Reply 18):
Also, the hangar in which the line is was built by putting a roof in between the Concorde and Caravelle hangars. Today, the hangar is used to store some A320 components and do finishing work on A320. The Concorde and Caravelle lines are ATR and A320 lines today.

Talk about aircraft history being under one roof....pretty cool
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:33 am

Saw it next to the aircraft I was dealing with on the ramp at the Delivery Centre this evening. Didn't realise at the time that it was the last - should have tried to get a photo.

Anyway, end of an era for Airbus.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:42 am

Congratulation to Airbus! The A300 truely played (and continues to play) an historic role in modern aviation. Unfortunately, it is not recognized as much in this country or by my fellow American A-Netters...
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:39 am

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
The A300 has a special place in aviation history. Also it paved the way for Airbus as it is today. Before the idea of the A300 European aviation was scattered and small-scale. The A300 allowed the world to see that European engineering, production and reliability was world-class.

It allowed Airbus to become a household name, as well as diversifying their line with the smallest planes to the largest and near everything in between.

The A300 has seen its share of real-world testing, including being shot with an anti-aircraft missile in Iraq resulting in half the wing disappearing. It landed safely, as a testament to the durability to "Toulouse steel".

The A300 is a solid workhorse, designed to move people and cargo effectively, which explains why even today airlines are using and today (for the last time) accepting a new delivery 35 years after it was introduced.

I for one am damn impressed over the long and sucessful story of the A300. Well done Airbus. This plane defines you. I think you can be most proud of that.

saludos

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Very well said, Asturias!

I really like the slogan Airbus put on the side too. A lot of people (who do not frequent this site) don't realize that this grand old lady of the skies ushered in the "wide-body twin" concept. 767, 777, 787, A330, A350 all must pay homage in some way to this original.

How many of these birds were ultimately sold? I'm assuming since it was available for over 30 years that it sold over 1000 copies... I just don't know where to look for the statistic.
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:16 am

Quoting Thebry (Reply 36):
How many of these birds were ultimately sold? I'm assuming since it was available for over 30 years that it sold over 1000 copies... I just don't know where to look for the statistic.

A grand total of 561 A300's. Open the Excel spread sheet shown on the bottom of the attachment.

http://www.airbus.com/en/corporate/orders_and_deliveries/#
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:16 am

Quoting Thebry (Reply 36):
How many of these birds were ultimately sold? I'm assuming since it was available for over 30 years that it sold over 1000 copies... I just don't know where to look for the statistic.

You could start with the original post....

Quoting Sabenapilot (Thread starter):
Over the life span of the A300/A310 programme a total of 821 planes have been ordered
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:20 am

So . . . with the delivery of this aircraft, FX now has the last A300 ever built as well as the last 727 ever built, N217FE. BTW, N217FE does not have a sticker or plaque that I have seen recognizing it as the very last 727 to roll of the line. This Airbus as well as the last 16 or so 727s were acquired as new, not used aircraft.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:28 am

Quoting WINGS (Reply 2):
This is indeed a very sad day.

INDEED it is! This milestone airliner was the most advanced of its time when it debuted in 1972. The FIRST wide-body twin as well as the first use of a supercritical airfoil on a production airliner. It took Boeing YEARS to catch up with the 767 and McDonnell-Douglas shot itself in the foot by not forging ahead with the rather similar DC-10 Twin. Adios to a TRUE aviation pioneer!  bigthumbsup 
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:32 am

Quote:
I know, I was just wondering why the emphasis on that it was the first front facing cockpit, which implies there are non front facing cockpits in other widebodies, so I was wondering what that would mean.

Airbus offered the standard 2 pilots facing forward and a sidefacing F/E... a 2 man FFCCs and 3 man FFCCs (front facing F/E)... but don't take my word for it... i saw it in a book published in 1981...

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:51 am

The end of an era. I've flown on A300s more than any other wide body jet, all with AA and EA. Never let me down, almost always got me there on time. The A300 earned my respect through it's performance.

I feel it's a damn shame Airbus didn't preserve one the first A300B1s, the first of so many great airliners Airbus has produced. One of those should be proudly standing guard in Toulouse showing the world the one that started all.

Long live the A300!

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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:54 am

A significant day for both Airbus and aviation as a whole.
A300 did have a slow sales start, but from small acorns, grow great trees.

1976 was the year of hardly any new sales (but the world civil market was not in good health generally then), before the breakthrough with Eastern Airlines.

Ironically, the generic term of 'Airbus', meaning a new high capacity short hauler to cope with soaring airport congestion, was coined by an AA executive whilst stuck on a flight 'in the stack', he envisaged a wide body twin, possible with the emerging high bypass engines.
But the term 'Airbus' carried on for some time, beyond the European consortium then forming up, Boeing would even in 1972, call it's new 747SR, the '747 Super Airbus', and painted as much on a demonstrator 747.

A300 was in it's way a true pioneer, with a well deserved long production run.
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:29 am

Hell, Pan Am had a bunch of A310s in service - I have a magazine somewhere with a Pan Am A310 flying by some mountains.

Apparently, Airbus designed the Pan Am billboard livery... yes? no?

I've flown on the A300-B4-203 of Qantas (ex-Australian Airlines/TAA) once, and once on a Thai A300-600 a few months ago. No complaints  Smile
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:32 am

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
The A300 has a special place in aviation history. Also it paved the way for Airbus as it is today. Before the idea of the A300 European aviation was scattered and small-scale. The A300 allowed the world to see that European engineering, production and reliability was world-class.

It allowed Airbus to become a household name, as well as diversifying their line with the smallest planes to the largest and near everything in between.

The A300 has seen its share of real-world testing, including being shot with an anti-aircraft missile in Iraq resulting in half the wing disappearing. It landed safely, as a testament to the durability to "Toulouse steel".

I for one am damn impressed over the long and sucessful story of the A300. Well done Airbus. This plane defines you. I think you can be most proud of that.

 thumbsup Couldn't agree more, very well said. Sad to say good bye to such a beautiful plane but it did same as the A320 and now the 787 what nobody cant deny "setting the standard" at a higher level which led to where we are now in Civil Aviation.

Thousand's of twin widebody are flying safely across the world every moment. The A300 was the beginning and if there is a Aviation Hall of Fame the A300 belongs definitively there among legends like Ju -52,DC-3,Lockheed Constellation,Comet,B707,B747,Concorde, etc..
Flown on: DC-9, MD-80, Fokker 100, Bae 146 Avro, Boeing 737-300, 737-400, 747-200, 747-300,747-400, 787-9, Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330-200,A330-300, A340-313, A380, Bombardier CSeries 100/300, CRJ700ER/CRJ900, Embraer 190.
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:54 am

Quoting MBJ2000 (Reply 7):
European engineering *was* world-class before, it was just that it was spread over different countries and uncoordinated, remember Comet, Caravelle, Vickers, Hawker-Siddeley or even Junkers. It was the first time where europeans joined forces in the aviation industry...

Not quite true. You cannot forget the ties that bound German and French (in particular) partnerships : the TransAll, the Atlantic, the AlphaJet and of course Concorde, proved that joining forces could make a difference.
One also should not forget that the time was ripe for politicians and captains of industry with a vision of an Europe that went beyond their national borders.
What irks me a bit is the shortsighted view, from a lot of places including A.net, that airbus is a french company. Without the likes of Felix Kracht and most of all Franz-Joseph Strauss, AI would have been born dead.
It is a fitting tribute that Munich Airport is named after him.
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:53 am

In case anyone was interested, I've compiled a list of US-based carriers that has operated, and still operates the Airbus 300 & 310 in their fleets at one time or other. Two lists here...one for the passenger carriers & one for the freight haulers.
I'm 99% certain I have the numbers correct for the current & defunct carriers, altho I'm far less certain on the numbers for FedEx & UPS. So long, A300 & A310 builders...you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  Wink

American..... 35 A300s (all new)
Continental.....23 A300s (all pre-owned)
Delta.....30 A310s (9 new, rest from Pan Am)
Eastern.....34 A300s (the first US-based airline to have an N-numbered Airbus of any model)
Pan American.....20 A300s & 21 A310s (all pre-owned)

FedEx.....53? A300s (including the last ever A300) & 64? A310s (mixed of new & pre-owned)
UPS.....51? A300s (all new?)

If you don't see your particular favorite A300/A310 user here (US or Int'l), let me know & I'll get some fleet numbers for you.
Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:04 am

As a loyal Lufthansa passanger, I've been on an A300 flight once, and liked it very much (DUS-FRA, acutally my 1st trip on a widebody). I just wonder if there is a market for a shorthaul widebody for congested routes. Lufthansa needs the A300 to fly into TXL, but the gates are to narrow to park an A330 there, so the A330 cannot replace the A300. Any opinions are appreciated.
 
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RE: Airbus Delivers Last Ever A300 To Fedex Today

Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:59 am

Out of curiosity, what exactly is so unexciting about the A300 and 767. Surely carriers must have a need for widebodies in this smaller size class, no?
...said Dan jubilantly.

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