Airbus At 50: First Designs Still Flying

The first delivery of the new pan-European wide-body Airbus A300B2 happened on May 10th, 1974, when the aircraft bearing serial number 005 was taken over by Air France.

This was about one and a half years after the aircraft’s first flight on October 28, 1972. On May 23, 1974, Air France premiered the huge airliner on its trunk route from Paris to London-Heathrow and back, flying two round-trips, demonstrating that this was actually a kind of “bus service in the air” on high-density, short-haul routes between these two major capitals, a distance of fewer than 350 kilometres.

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Source:: AirlineRatings.Com

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