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1981-1990

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The wide-body Airbus A300 was designed for short and medium distances. VARIG operated with two A300 from June 1981 to June 1990 in domestic and Latin America lines. This aircraft was known as "silent giant", since its acoustic technology was developed to minimize the sound effects, as well as the air pollution. This was a very significant feature for Brazil, because most of our airports are located inside urban areas. Cruzeiro do Sul, VARIG’s subsidiary, also operated two A300 in that period. VARIG was one of the few airlines to operate all three most mordern wide-body of that time: Airbus A300, Boeing 747 and Douglas DC-10.

 

 

Operated units

02

Constructor

Airbus Industrie, France

Engine

Two turbines GE CF6-50C2 with 52,500 pounds of thrust each

Wingspread

147,12 feet

Length

175,92 feet

Height

54,23 feet

Cruising speed

569,82 miles/hr.

Flight reach

3,231 miles

Maximum flight altitude

40,001 feet

Cruising radius

06h

Empty aircraft weight

280,035 pounds

Maximum take-off weight

363,825 pounds

Maximum landing weight

295,470 pounds

Technical crew

03 (2 pilots and 1 radio telegraph operator)

Maximum number of passengers

345

Maximum number of passengers (VARIG’s configuration)

234

Maximum capacity of fuel tank

12,480 gallons

Normal consumption

1,587 gallons

Minimum runway length

8,743 feet

Minimum landing strip length

5,971 feet

 

 

 

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