In 1977 Eastern airlines (USA) borrowed four A-300s for a six-month trial. Their reliability was excellent; better yet, they used up to one-third less fuel than the L-1011s that they were flying. In the spring of 1978, eastern airlines agreed to purchase 23 of the new jets.
The A300 was Airbus Industrie's first aircraft. Consortium founders saw the need for an efficient, twin-engine widebody transport able to serve short, medium and long-range routes. Since its service entry in 1974 with Air France, the A300 has been extensively developed and updated.
History of the A 300: 1974 - 1978 - 1983 (A 310) - 1984 (A300-600)
by 2747.com / 2747 / buy / 1977 / Airbus A300