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Name A-300
Manufacturer AIRBUS
Body Wide
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Heavy
Type code L2J
Aerodrome Reference Code 4D
RFF Category 8
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

AIRBUS A-300C4-200
AIRBUS A-300F4-200
AIRBUS A-300B4-200
AIRBUS A-300B4-2
AIRBUS A-300B2-1
AIRBUS A-300B4-100
AIRBUS A-300B2-100
AIRBUS A-300B2-200




Long range wide-body airliner. In service since 1974. Airbus pioneered the use of advanced composite materials on the A300B, incorporating them in secondary structures such as tailfin leading edges. Exists in many versions as airliner and freighter. Production of the A-300B4 ceased in May 1994 with switching to the improved A300-600.

Technical Data

Wing span 44.8 m146.982 ft
Length 53.6 m175.853 ft
Height 16.5 m54.134 ft
Powerplant 2 x GE CF6-50-C2 (233 kN) or
2 x P&W JT9D-59A1T (234 kN) turbofans.
Engine model General Electric CF6, Pratt & Whitney JT9D

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) 160 kts IAS 190 kts IAS 290 kts IAS 290 kts MACH 0.78 TAS 470 kts MACH 0.78 IAS 290 kts IAS 240 kts Vapp (IAS) 131 kts
Distance 2850 m ROC 3000 ft/min ROC 3200 ft/min ROC 2500 ft/min ROC 800 ft/min MACH 0.79 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 2000 ft/min MCS 220 kts Distance 1635 m
MTOW 165000165,000 kg
165 tonnes
Ceiling FL350 ROD 1500 ft/min APC C
WTC H Range 30003,000 nm
5,556,000 m
5,556 km
18,228,346.47 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving A30B

  • A139 / A30B, Ottawa Canada, 2014 (On 5 June 2014, an AW139 about to depart from its Ottawa home base on a positioning flight exceeded its clearance limit and began to hover taxi towards the main runway as an A300 was about to touch down on it. The TWR controller immediately instructed the helicopter to stop which it did, just clear of the runway. The A300 reached taxi speed just prior to the intersection. The Investigation attributed the error to a combination of distraction and expectancy and noted that the AW139 pilot had not checked actual or imminent runway occupancy prior to passing his clearance limit.)
  • A30B, Bratislava Slovakia, 2012 (On 16 November 2012, an Air Contractors Airbus A300 departed the left the side of the landing runway at Bratislava after an abnormal response to directional control inputs. Investigation found that incorrect and undetected re-assembly of the nose gear torque links had led to the excursion and that absence of clear instructions in maintenance manuals, since rectified, had facilitated this. It was also considered that the absence of any regulation requiring equipment in the vicinity of the runway to be designed to minimise potential damage to aircraft departing the paved surface had contributed to the damage caused by the accident.)
  • A30B, en-route, Bristol UK, 2000 (On 27 June 2000 an Airbus A300-600 being operated by American Airlines on a scheduled passenger service from London Heathrow to New York JFK was being flown manually in the day VMC climb and approaching FL220 when a loud bang was heard and there was a simultaneous abrupt disturbance to the flight path. The event appeared to the flight crew to have been a disturbance in yaw with no obvious concurrent lateral motion. Although following the disturbance, the aircraft appeared to behave normally, the aircraft commander decided to return to London Heathrow rather than commence a transatlantic flight following what was suspected to have been an un-commanded flight control input. An uneventful return was made followed by an overweight landing 50 minutes after take off.)

Further Reading

  • Airbus reference document which provide to airlines, MROs, airport planners and operators the general dimensions of the aircraft, as well as the necessary information for ramp, servicing operations or maintenance preparation: Airbus A300: Airplane characteristics for aiport planning AC, 01 Dec 2009