The Airbus A300 first flew on 28th October 1972. The aircrafts' first customer was Air France, which introduced it on 30th May 1974.
The total production run amounted to 561 aircraft, the type eventually retiring from service in July 2007.
This passenger aircraft is a short to medium range widebody aircraft. It was launched as the world's first twin-engined widebody airliner.It was the first product of the Airbus consortium of European aerospace companies.
The A300 was the first airliner of its type, to use just-in-time manufacturing techniques. Complete aircraft sections were manufactured by partners in the consortium that were participating in the project from all over Europe.