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18 April 2007
18. April 2007 Commercial Aircraft

The last A300 makes its maiden flight

Summary

The last A300 makes its maiden flight

The final production A300 made its initial flight on 18 April, marking a milestone for the aircraft that launched Airbus on its successful entry into the international air transport sector. As the world's first widebody twin-engine jetliner, the A300 introduced new standards in passenger capacity and operational efficiency. Several versions were manufactured since its service entry in 1974, with the long-range A300-600 variant being the latest configuration in production. Of the more than 550 A300s built, over 400 remain in widespread use around the globe - both in passenger service and as a best-selling freighter. The final aircraft is an A300F freighter for FedEx, and the yet-unpainted fuselage carries wording that notes its importance as the "youngest of the eldest Airbus family."

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