Airbus A300B1

$17.5 million wide-body jet airliner as of 1972

Airbus A300B1
photo: Pedro Aragão

The Airbus A300B1 is a twin-engine, wide-body, short-range carrier manufactured by Airbus, introduced in the 1970s. It was powered by two General Electric CF6-50A turbofan engines and could accommodate 300 to 323 passengers.

1971 to: 1974
US$17.5 million (1972)


2x GE CF6-50A
49,000 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
345 knots
639 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
130 knots
Travel range:
1,850 Nautical Miles
3,426 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
35,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
3000 feet / minute
15.24metre / second
Take Off Distance:
2850 metre - 9,350.28 feet
Landing Distance:
1635 metre - 5,364.11 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
132,000 Kg
291,007 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
122,000 Kg
268,961 lbs
Max Payload:
33,500 Kg
73,854 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
10,800 gallon
40,882 litre
Baggage Volume:
140 m3 / 4,944 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
300 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
2.48 metre - 8.14 feet
Cabin Width:
5.13 metre - 16.83 feet
Cabin Length:
36 metre - 118.11 feet
Exterior Length:
51 metre - 167.32 feet
Tail height:
16.67 metre - 54.69 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
5.6 metre - 18.37 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
44.83 metre - 147.08 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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The Airbus A300 set numerous records for pioneering different aspects such as being the first wide-body airliner powered by twin engines, the first commercial aircraft to be constructed of composite materials, and the first aircraft to use the center-of-gravity control.  It also boasts its high performance and was carefully crafted with safety standards which made it the first Extended Operations (ETOPS) compliant aircraft in 1977.

The Airbus A300B1 was a prototype version of the A300 wide-body airliner. There were only two units built for this version. The F-WUAB, re-registered F-OCAZ was the first prototype, while the F-WUAC was the second prototype. In November 1974, the F-WUAC was rented by the Trans European Airways (TEA) and was then re-registered as OO-TEF. The Trans European Airways immediately subleased the prototype to Air Algerie in six weeks but still kept on operating the type as late as 1990. The Trans European Airways could accommodate three hundred passengers in flight while the Air Algerie could seat up to three hundred and twenty-three passengers.

The aircraft had an external length of 51 meters which was five frames smaller compared to the newer production variants. It had an external height of 7.71 meters, a tail height of 16.67 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 5.6 meters. The cabin height is 2.48 meters, the cabin length is 36 meters, and the cabin width is 5.13 meters.

The A300B1 was powered by a twin CF6-50A engines from General Electric. It is a dual rotor, axial flow, high-bypass ratio turbofan engine with an annular combustor. It has a fan and 3 LP, and fourteen HP compressor, and two HP and 4 LP turbine. Each engine produces a maximum takeoff thrust of 48,000 to 50,000 lbf. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 345 knots and a travel range of 1,850 nautical miles. It can fly up to 35,000 feet and can climb at a rate of 3,000 feet per minute.

The maximum takeoff and landing weights are 132000 kg and 122,000 kg, respectively.

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