Aviation Giants - Airbus
In the early 70's widebody airplanes like Boeing 747, Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011 "Tristar" were a synonym of comfort and huge capacity.
After a decade of american hegemony in the sky, a new rival appeared on the horizont and the fight took fire on new territories. He exceeded the
rivalry between Boeing and McDonnell Douglas only to burst into a duel between West Europe and the USA. The new airplane-manufactoring giant,
which gradually was gathering strenght against the american domination on the market, was a kid of the joint-venture between France, Germany, the
UK and Spain. The collating of the biggest european countries was not accidental, because earlier each of them alone has suffered a reverse in the
attempt to overcome the giants across the ocean - the frenchmen with their "Mercury" and "Caravelle", the English with their "Trident". But now, in the
beginning of the21th century, Airbus is the best selling airplane-manufactoring company in the world, lefting behind the archirival Boeing.
Airbus Industries was founded in december 1970 by four consortiums: Aerospatiale - France (37.9%), Daimler-Benz Aerospace - Germany (37.9%),
British Aerospace - UK (20%) and Casa - Spain (4.2%).
Airbus A 300-600 ST Beluga
The freighter made his first flight in 1994. His assigment is to transport the different parts of the Airbus airplanes (for example - wings, body, engines)
from the manufacturer to the Airbus works in Toulouse, France. Because of his specific forms, Beluga is known as "the flying whale".
Range: 1 665-5 700km
Airbus A 300
Airbus A 300 is the first widebody airplane with two engines, assigned to transport passangers between the
european capital cities. The airplane can carry 250 passengers in two-class and 336 in one-class configuration. The first flight has been made on the
28th of october 1972. Since then 250 airplanes has been in five versions - B1, B2, B4-200, C4/F4, 600 and 600ER.