Chronology of widebody airliners (6)
= March 18, 1991 =
First flight of the Boeing 747-400 Domestic.
= October 22, 1991 =
747-400 Domestic enters commercial service with Japan Airlines.
= October 25, 1991 =
The first Airbus A340-300 takes to the air from Toulouse. The flight takes four hours and 47 minutes.
= 1992 =
McDonnell Douglas proposes the four-engined MD-12 megajet. If it had ever been built it would be in about the same class as the later Airbus A380.
McDonnell Douglas MD-12 proposal. (Photo: McDonnell Doouglas / Boeing)
= April 1, 1992 =
The Airbus A340-200 makes its first flight.
= November 2, 1992 =
The Airbus A330-300, the world's largest twin-engine widebody at that moment, flies for the first time. The flight takes 5 hours and 15 minutes.
= December 1992 =
The Airbus A340 is certified by the European JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities).
= January 15, 1993 =
United Parcel Services (UPS) launches the 767 Freighter with an order for up to 60 airplanes.
= March 1993 =
Air France and Lufthansa introduce the Airbus A340 in revenue service.
= April 6, 1993 =
The Ilyushin Il-96M stretch makes its first flight.
= May 4, 1993 =
First flight of the Boeing 747-400F (Freighter).
Boeing 747-400F takes off for its first flight. (Photo: Boeing)
= October 12, 1993 =
Boeing delivers the 1000th 747, a 747-400, to Singapore Airlines.
= October 23, 1993 =
The FAA and JAA jointly certify the Airbus A330-300.
= November 17, 1993 =
The 747-400 Freighter enters commercial service with Luxembourg's Cargolux Airlines.
= December 1993 =
First flight of the Airbus A300-600F freighter.
= December 1993 =
Airbus delivers the first Airbus A330-300 to French domestic airline Air Inter.
= February 1994 =
The Boeing 767 becomes the most widely used airplane type crossing the Atlantic.
= April 9, 1994 =
Boeing rolls out the first 777.
= May 1994 =
The Airbus A300-600 with CF6-80C2-A5 engines is granted 180 minutes ETOPS certification.
= June 12, 1994 =
The first Boeing 777 makes its maiden flight. The aircraft is in the air 3 hours and 48 minutes.
= September 13, 1994 =
The A300-600ST (Special Transporter) 'Beluga' takes to the air for the first time. The flight lasts 4 hours and 22 minutes. The aircraft is designed to replace the Super Guppy transport, used to fly big Airbus parts like wings and fuselage sections from several points in Europe to the final production line in Toulouse.