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Previous-generation aircraft




A340 Family

Sustained performance

Airbus jetliners whose production cycles have ended still continue to be highly reliable in services around the globe, underscoring the lasting appeal, durability and quality of performance of the company’s product line. These are distinguished and celebrated aircraft that thanks to superior design and engineering continue to fly today; offering passengers enduring quality and comfort whilst operators receive the best possible value.

These long-standing and deservedly famous aircraft include Airbus’ cornerstone wide-body A300, A310 and A340 Families. Benefitting from support from?Airbus Services these aircraft can even incorporate some of the latest innovations in technology and comfort to ensure their appeal continues to endure.


Proven comfort

These pioneering Airbus aircraft established the modern standard of wide-body, comfort throughout the company’s entire product line. From the start, these jetliners were designed to accommodate at least 18-inch wide seats in economy class, an aspect shared by all Airbus aircraft since; proving once again, Airbus’ commitment to giving passengers the most space possible with which to enjoy their flight.

With the widest cabins, passengers can enjoy the freedom of additional personal space and feel truly relaxed throughout the flight. Highly customisable, these aircraft can incorporate modern in-flight entertainment to offer passengers an enjoyable and pleasant journey.

Sustained performance and versatility

At the cutting-edge of aviation when they entered the market, their continuing quality ensures that they remain popular with a variety of operators. With proven operational reliability and offering significant flexibility there continues to be a market for these aircraft.? Offering unmatched flexibility on short-, medium- and extended-range routes, the A300 and A310 were the first Airbus aircraft to be produced – and these highly popular twin-engine wide-body jetliners continue to provide their advantages in versatility, economy and reliability for more than 60 operators worldwide.

The A340 is capable of operating longer, demanding routes whilst delivering all of the standards of comfort and reliability that would be expected from a modern jetliner. With four engines operates routes and airports that cannot be serviced by twin-engine aircraft. Highly flexible it can also be customised to suit a variety of roles; from commercial aircraft to corporate jet.

The A300 offers the space for a flexible seating layout to meet a full range of market demands for its A300-600 passenger variant, as well as low operating costs for its A300-600F freighter version. In addition, the A310’s 222-inch fuselage is the widest in its category, providing true wide-body passenger accommodations, which operators can customise for travellers’ requirements. Whilst the versatile A340 Family models are capable of seating a range of passengers between 250 and 475 depending on the model and cabin configuration, continuing to deliver modern standards of comfort.

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1st Flight A300B 28OCT1972 Toulouse    
A340 BLADE landing at ILA    
ILA Berlin 2018 Tom Enders “Flight Lab” speech    
ILA Berlin 2018 BLADE project display    
BLADE project – for Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe    
A340 BLADE landing at ILA 2018    
ILA Berlin 2018 BLADE demonstrator    
Aviation Week's 61st Annual Laureate Awards    
A340 laminar flow BLADE demonstrator first flight - in flight    
A340 laminar flow BLADE demonstrator first flight    
A330 A340 Overview Tails    
A310 Landing 98    
A310 In Flight 95    
A310 Assembly Line    
A300B Rollout Concorde 72    
A300B Production Line 95    
A300 Cockpit Pilot    
A300 Cockpit    
A300 600R Thai    
A300B Climb    
Airbus BLADE Makes First Flight WEB      
BLADE video      
A300 Birth of a Saga Episode 3: The time of doubt      
A300 Birth of a Saga Episode 2: Towards first takeoff      
A300 Birth of a Saga Episode 1: A European ambition      
A300 Birth of a Saga Episode 4: The A300 to the Airbus family      
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The A320neo Family: unbeatable fuel efficiency      
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Airbus’ Beluga: 20 years of reliable service      
In the making: Qatar Airways’ historic first A350 XWB jetliner      
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