Production of the 747-400 at Everett. (Foto: Boeing)
Chronology of widebody airliners (5)
= January 30, 1986 =
The Boeing 767-300 makes its maiden flight.
= June 5, 1986 =
The U.S. Air Force orders two specially equipped 747-200 aircraft to transport the president of the United States.
= September 25, 1986 =
Boeing delivers the first 767-300 to JAL Japan Airlines.
= December 3, 1986 =
British Caledonian Airways is the first airline to order the proposed McDonnell Douglas MD-11. BCal wants nine aircraft of the type.
= December 30, 1986 =
McDonnell Douglas launches the MD-11, with firm orders for 52 aircraft from 12 airlines, plus 40 options.
= June 5, 1987 =
Airbus officially launches the A330 and A340 as one single project.
= December 1987 =
First flight of the Airbus A300-600R.
= January 26, 1988 =
Boeing rolls out the first 747-400.
= April 29, 1988 =
First flight of the first Boeing 747-400.
= September 28, 1988 =
The Ilyushin Il-96-300 makes its first flight.
= February 9, 1989 =
The Boeing 747-400 enters commercial service with Northwest Airlines.
= June 30, 1989 =
First flight of the first Boeing 747-400 Combi.
= July 25, 1989 =
McDonnell Douglas delivers the last built DC-10 to Nigeria Airways.
= September 12, 1989 =
The Boeing 747-400 Combi enters commercial service with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
= December 8, 1989 =
The Boeing board of directors authorizes the company to issue firm offers for the 767-X, the development name for what will result in the 777.
= January 10, 1990 =
The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 makes its maiden flight.
MD-11 takes to the air. (Foto: Boeing)
= August 1990 =
Boeing delivers first of two presidential 747-200s (Air Force One) to the U.S. Air Force.
= October 15, 1990 =
United Airlines orders 34 Boeing 777s and takes options on 34 more.
= October 29, 1990 =
The Boeing board of directors approves the launch of the 777.
= November 8, 1990 =
The FAA certifies the McDonnell Douglas MD-11.
= December 7, 1990 =
McDonnell Douglas delivers the first McDonnell Douglas MD-11 to Finnair