Airbus A300B2/B4

  • CountryEuropean consortium
  • TypeMedium range widebody airliner
  • PowerplantsA300B2/B4 - Two 227kN (51,000lb) General Electric CF6-50Cs or 236kN (53,000lb) Pratt & Whitney JT9D-9 turbofans.
  • PerformanceA300B2-200 - Typical high speed cruising speed 917km/h (495kt), typical long range cruising speed 847km/h (457kt). Range with 269 passengers and reserves 3430km (1850nm). A300B4-200 - Same except range with 269 passengers and reserves 5375km (2900nm), range with max fuel 6300km (3400nm).
  • WeightsA300B2-200 - Operating empty 85,910kg (189,400lb), max takeoff 142,000kg (313,055lb). A300B4-200 - Operating empty 88,500kg (195,109lb), max takeoff 165,000kg (363,760lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 44.84m (147ft 1in), length 53.62m (175ft 11in), height 16.53m (54ft 3in). Wing area 260.0m2 (2798.7sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of two pilots and a flight engineer. Seating for between 220 and 336 single class passengers in main cabin. Typical two class arrangement for 20 business class and 230 economy class passengers. Belly cargo compartments can carry 20 LD3 containers.
  • ProductionA300B2 and B4 orders stood at 249 when production was completed in 1984. Approximately 145 in service in late 2002, including 75 freighters.

The Airbus A300 is noteworthy not just for being a business accomplishment in its own particular right, however, it is also famous for being the first outline of Europe's best effort as an after war air transport producer.

Aerospatiale of France, CASA of Spain and the precursors of Germany's Daimlerchrysler Aerospace and British Aerospace structured the Airbus Industrie consortium in the late 1960s particularly to create a twin engined 300 seat widebody `air transport's to fill a distinguished business sector crevice.

The first 300 seat carrier configuration developed into a more diminutive 250 seater, the A300 assignment picking up a `b' addition to signify the change. Two model A300b1s were assembled, the first of these flying from Toulouse, France on October 28 1972, the second on February 5 the one year from now. The General Electric Cf6 was the powerplant decision for beginning A300s. Taking after the model A300b1s was the 2.65m (8ft 8in) more extended A300b2, the first generation adaptation which first flew in April 1974. The B2 entered administration with Air France on May 23 1974.

Resulting variants incorporated the B2-200 with Krueger heading edge folds and distinctive wheels and brakes; the B2-300 with expanded weights for more noteworthy payload and multi stop capacity; the B4-100 a more drawn out extent form of the B2 with Krueger folds; and the expanded max takeoff weight B4-200 which offered strengthened wings and fuselage, enhanced arriving apparatus and discretionary back freight sound fuel tank. A little number of A300c convertibles were additionally fabricated, these emphasized a primary deck cargo entryway behind the wing on the left hand side. Late in the A300b4's generation life a discretionary two team flightdeck was offered as the A300-200ff (clients were Garuda, Tunis Air and VASP).

Creation of the A300b4 stopped in May 1984, with production exchanging to the enhanced A300-600.

More seasoned A300s are presently discovering a helpful corner as tankers, with various organizations, specifically Daimlerchrysler Aerospace Airbus, offering transformation programs.

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