12 May 2014
As the world’s first twin-engine widebody commercial aircraft when the industry-accepted standard was three or four engines, the 270-seat A300B2’s pioneering design laid the foundation for Airbus’ ongoing widebody leadership with the company’s focus on incorporating technology that provided direct benefits to customers in terms of efficiency, operations and costs.

This philosophy became the cornerstone of Airbus’ entire product line, beginning with the A300/A310 jetliners, and continuing to the aircraft it has developed since: the best-selling A320 single-aisle Family; the A330 and A340 (which retained the same widebody fuselage cross-section as the A300/A310), the double-deck A380 21st century flagship; and the next-generation, extra-widebody A350 XWB jetliner.

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