Development of the A300-600ST, nicknamed Beluga and also Super Flipper, began in August 1991. The A300-600ST's tight development program - for what in many ways is effectively a new aircraft - saw the transport rolled out in June 1994, with first flight on September 13 that year. The A300-600ST then entered a 400 hour flight test program which culminated in mid 1995, with certification awarded that September and with delivery and entry into service with Airbus in January 1996. All of the first four on order had been delivered by mid 1998. These aircraft perform regular airlift duties for Airbus, carrying fuselage sections and wings between the different European production sites, and they also are made available for chartered commercial flights.
The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine airliners built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It carries between 305 and 550 passengers and has a range from 5,210 to 9,420 nautical miles (10,370 to 17,445 km). The first flight of the 777 was in 1994.