Airbus A300: Overview, Features & Specs

Airbus A300 Information

General Information

Manufacturer: Airbus

Role: Wide-body jet airliner

First flight: October 28, 1972

Primary airlines: European Air Transport, FedEx Express, Mahan Air, UPS Airlines 

Passenger seating: 247-266

Models: A300B2, A300-600, A310, A300-600ST


  • Pratt and Whitney PW4000 high-bypass turbofan engines
  • Glass cockpit
  • Upgraded and redesigned interior configurations

Interior Diagram

Airbus A300 Interior

Fun Facts

  • The world’s largest airliner manufacturer in 2019 was the Airbus with 863 planes delivered.
  • The A300 was the world’s first twin engine, twin aisle aircraft. All Airbus cockpits are the same. This allows pilots to switch from one type of Airbus aircraft to another.
  • The first wide-body jetliner to be equipped with only two engines for better operating economics was the A300. 
  • Airbus developed the A300 to fill the market niche for a high capacity, short to medium-range, aircraft. 

Type Rating

Pilots must earn their type rating in the Airbus A300 to be qualified to fly this aircraft. In most cases, you will earn your type ratings at the airline you fly for.

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