Thai Airways ends 37 years of A300 operations

Thai Airways flew its last A300 flight today according to Thai Airways' Facebook page, ending nearly 37 years of A300 operations. The carrier has been a fan of the A300 since the early days of the program, taking delivery of its first one in October 1977 and one of the last passenger models off the production line in December 1998.
Despite its love for the A300, only 33 were ordered from Airbus from 1977 to 1997 according to Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database. Initial versions focused on the A300B4-2C model while the upgraded A300B4-600 and -600R models debuted in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Thai Airways acquired all of its A300s new with the exception of two A300s it temporarily leased in the late 1980s through the early 1990s.
A300 passenger operations are now limited to just a small handful of airlines in the Middle East.

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