Airbus-300 The Airbus A300 is a short- to medium-range wide body aircraft. Launched in 1972 as the world's first twin- engine wide body, it was the first product of the Airbus consortium of European aerospace companies, wholly owned today by EADS. The A300 ceased production in July 2007, along with its smaller A310 derivative. Freighter sales for which the A300 competed are to be fulfilled by a new A330-200F derivative.
Development In 1972 the A300 made its maiden flight. The first production model, the A300B2, entered service in 1974 followed by the A300B4 one year later. Initially the success of the consortium was poor, but by 1979 there were 81 aircraft in service. It was the launch of the A310 in 1981 that established Airbus as a major player in the aircraft market — the aircraft had over 400 orders before it first flew, compared to 15 for the A300 in 1972.
Standard Interior Equipment & Options-A300 • Passenger Address System• Cockpit Switch Panel• Cabin/Lavatory Call System• "Flat Trim" Audio System• DVD/CD player (multi-regional)• Airshow 410 Cabin Display System • Over Water Flight Kit• Premium Carpet Package• 16G Belted Toilet• Enhanced Baggage• Fully digital Ethernet based Cabin Management System (CMS)• Airborne Telephone System• 115V 60Hz Power inverter• Six (6) 115V 60Hz outlets• Eight (8) headphone jacks• Two (2) Flush mounted 20" LCD Displays • Coffee Maker• Dado Storage Boxes• Seat Recliner Leg Rests
FLIGHT DECK The flight deck accommodates a crew of two and there are also two observers' seats. The cockpit is fitted with liquid crystal displays and six cathode ray tube displays. In the cockpit there are 4 windows (2 fixed and 2 electronically moveable). The pilots' communications systems include HF and VHF communications, a selective calling system for use in a densely saturated communications environment, an interphone and passenger address system, a ground crew calling system and a cockpit voice recorder. The front deck windscreens are fitted with an electrical heating anti-ice system and the deck side windows have an electrical demisting system.
Airbus A300 fuselage cross-section, showing the passenger compartment above and the baggage area below. On