Market Presence. The age and heritage of the A300-600R are clearly evident when compared to newer types. Even the EFIS cockpit, a trademark of Airbus, fails to impress. However, except for newer examples of the same type or the similarly ageing specification of the B767-300, no replacement existed until the arrival of the B787. This suggests that where the type has proven itself capable of meeting the specific needs of a few carriers, then the aircraft could be retained for longer than might be expected. The operator base of the A300-600R has contracted significantly over the last decade. The more important consideration is whether the type can be remarketed with relative ease. It cannot.
Market Outlook. Values of the A300-600R have been falling over the last few years. The events of 2001 precipitated a significant decline from which they failed to recover even with much improved traffic. The aircraft are best suited to display at Museums.