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The  Airbus A300 is a short - to medium-range widebody aircraft. Launched in  1972 as the world's first twin-engined widebody and it was the first  product of the Airbus consortium of European aerospace companies. The  A300 ceased production in July 2007. In September 1967, the British,  French, and German governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to  start development of the 300-seat Airbus A300. An earlier announcement  had been made in July 1967, but at that time the announcement had been  clouded by the British Government's support for the Airbus, which  coincided with its refusal to back British Aircraft Corporation's (BAC)  proposed competitor, a development of the BAC 1-11, despite a preference  for the latter expressed by British European Airways (BEA). In 1972 the  A300 made its maiden flight. The first production model, the A300B2,  entered service in 1974. Initially the success of the consortium was  poor, but by 1979 there were 81 aircraft in service. It was the launch  of the A320 in 1981 that established Airbus as a major player in the  aircraft market — the aircraft had over 400 orders before it first flew,  compared to 15 for the A300 in 1972.
After the launch,  sales of the A300 were weak for some years, with most orders going to  airlines that had an obligation to favour the domestically made product —  notably Air France and Lufthansa. At one stage, Airbus had 16  "whitetail" A300s – completed but unsold aircraft – sitting on the  tarmac. Indian Airlines was the world's first domestic airline to  purchase the A300. These have now been retired. Dan Air commenced  operations with an A300 leased from Germany's Hapag Lloyd. She joined  the fleet in April 1986. The leased model served for seven months. Her  replacement also came from Hapag Lloyd but was purchased outright. The  only other A300 the company flew came from Hapag Lloyd via Guinness Peat  Aviation in 1988. By October 1990 the type had been withdrawn  completely from the Dan Air fleet.  Although the trio of jets were used  extensively on high density routes to the Spain and Canary Islands. It  was decided that the type was simply too big for Dan Air's charter work. In March 2006 Airbus announced the closure of the A300/A310 line.  Making them the first Airbus aircraft to be discontinued. The final  production A300 made its initial flight on 18 April 2007 and was  delivered on 12 July 2007. Throughout  this section of the website we have endeavoured to find a photograph of  each individual aircraft. there are thumbnail images of all the  liveries the aircraft wore whilst with Dan Air, and in many cases, the  prior and subsequent liveries with other operators. The thumbnail images  can be enlarged by simply clicking on them.
Type: B4203

Serial Number: 169

Entered Service: 29/04/86

Last Flown: 15/12/86

Obtained From: Leased from Hapag Lloyd as D - AHLJ

Notes: Returned to Hapag Lloyd

Type: B4203

Serial Number:  009

Entered Service: 17/12/86

Last Flown: 07/12/89

Obtained From: Hapag Lloyd as D - AMAP

Notes: Returned to Hapag Lloyd

Type: B4103

Serial Number: 012

Entered Service: 23/08/88

Last Flown: 15/10/90

Obtained From: Hapag Lloyd via lease from Guinness Peat Aviation

Notes: Sold to Air Inter via GPA

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