Friday, May 1, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 281-331. Gross wt. 302,000. Empty wt. 168,259. Fuel capacity 11,361-15,324. Engines two 51,008-lb. s.t. General Electric turbofans.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 582. Cruise mph 570. Approach mph 154. Range 1,000-2,190. Ceiling 35,000. Takeoff run 6,150. Landing roll 5,600.
STANDARD DATA: (A310) Seats 236. Gross wt. 330,690. Empty wt. 169,842. Fuel capacity 13,746. Engines two 50,000-lb. s.t. Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4E turbofans.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 557. Cruise mph 532. Ceiling 41,000+. Range 5,240. Takeoff distance 7,575. Landing distance 5,000.
STANDARD DATA: (A320) Seats 179. Gross wt. 58,730. Empty wt. 84,171. Fuel capacity 3,380. Engines two 25,000-lb. s.t. CFM CFM56-5 turbofans.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 560. Cruise mph 522. Ceiling 31,000+. Range 2,640. Takeoff distance 5,630. Landing distance 4,750.
STANDARD DATA: (A330-300) Seats 300-440. Gross wt. 450,000. Empty wt. 145,000. Fuel capacity 24,500. Engines two 64,000-lb. s.t. General Electric CF6-80C2 turbofans. PERFORMANCE: Max cruise 475 kts. Economy cruise 464 kts. Ceiling 41,000'. Range 4,640-5,500 nm.
Production of the A300 Airbus is truly an international effort. Aerospatiale is responsible for building the nose section, flight deck, lower center fuselage, and engine pylons. Deutsche Airbus of Germany, made up of MBB and VFW-Fokker, manufactures the forward fuselage from the flight deck to the wings, the upper center fuselage, the rear fuselage and the vertical tail. Hawker Siddeley makes the wings, while VFWFokker of the Netherlands manufactures the moving wing surfaces. CASA of Spain is responsible for the horizontal tail surfaces, landing gear doors, and the main doors. The General Electric turbofans are built under license by SNECMA and MTU. The A300B1 was the initial version powered by 49,000-lb. s.t. engines. The B2 is the first production model and the B4 is the long-range version of the wide-bodied transport. Standard all-tourist seating accommodations are for 281 passengers, and a high-density arrangement allows for 331 passengers.
The 300 series Airbus has a huge array of variants, each modified for a market niche.
• A300-600—Medium range widebody airliner
• A300-600ST (Super Transporter)—Oversize cargo freighter
• A300 B2/B4—Medium range widebody airliner
• A310—Medium to long range widebody airliner
• A318—100 seat regional airliner
• A320—Short to medium range airliner
• A321—Short to medium range narrow body airliner
• A330-200—Large capacity medium to long range airliner
• A330-300—Long range widebody airliner