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Airbus A300

No. Of Engines:2
Aircraft Type:Jet
Passenger Capacity (Max):375
Passenger Capacity (Min):220
Range (in Miles):4150
Cruising Speed (MPH):567
Payload Capacity (in Lbs):95,544
Body Type:widebody
Cabin Type:pressurized

First put into service by Air France in 1974, the widebody twin engine A300 was Airbus Industrie's first aircraft. The updated A300-600, which is still in production today, first entered service in 1988 with Saudi Airlines. Together, with more than 730 orders, the A300, and its smaller descendant the A310, are the world's most popular widebody twin-engine transports. Due to its extensive airline service, the A310 was certified for extended-range twin-engine operations (up to 180 minutes with either engine), making the aircraft available for long-haul flights such as transatlantic routes. Major A300 operators include American Airlines, Air France, Korean Air, Lufthansa, and Thai Airways.

Airbus Industrie was formed in 1970 as a multinational effort between Germany, England and France to create a high-capicity twin-jet transport (this developed into the A300). Today Airbus Industrie has become the world's second largest manufacturer of civil airliners which seat over 100 passengers. In it's first 25 years Airbus has sold over 2,100 aircraft, with more than 1400 in service worldwide. The consortium is headquartered in southwest France near the city of Toulouse and owned by Europe's four leading aerospace companies (Aerospatiale of France, Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus of Germany, British Aerospace, and Casa of Spain).

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