Boeing Business Jet

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Boeing Business Jet
Boeing's commercial aircraft in BBJ livery.jpg
Artist's impression of the entire BBJ family
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Boeing Commercial Airplanes
First flight September 4, 1998
Introduction 1999
Produced 1998–present
Number built 217 (as of 31 October 2016) (including BBJ1, BBJ2, BBJ3, 747BBJ, 757BBJ, 767BBJ, 777BBJ & 787BBJ)[1]
Unit cost
US$80 million for 737 BBJ variants (2012)[2]

The Boeing Business Jet series are variants of Boeing jet airliners for the corporate jet market. The Boeing Business Jet is a 50/50 partnership between Boeing Commercial Airplanes and GE Aviation.

The BBJ designation denotes the business jets based upon the 737 series airliners. These aircraft usually seat between 25 and 50 passengers within a luxurious configuration. This may include a master bedroom, a washroom with showers, a conference/dining area, and a living area. Boeing Business Jets also has corporate jet configurations based on the 777, 787 and the 747-8 Intercontinental, which are known as 777 VIP, 787 VIP, and 747-8 VIP, respectively.

Boeing BBJ (737-based)[edit]

The Boeing BBJ is primarily a 737 commercial airframe with modifications to provide for private jet service. The BBJ1 is based on a 737-700 airframe, with elements from the 737-800. The BBJ2 and BBJ3 are based on the 737-800 and 737-900ER series, respectively.

All 11[3] models include changes to the airframe regardless of the BBJ series. Fokker Services are developing 1.5–meter wide windows for the BBJ in 2016.[4][5]

Changes from the normal 737 include:

  • Blended winglets for additional fuel economy (3–5% improvement) as standard (winglets are optional on airliner 737s)
  • Self-contained airstairs for disembarking at airports with limited ground support
  • Additional fuel tanks, for intercontinental range
  • ETOPS-180 certification

After the launch of the BBJ, Airbus followed suit with the launch of the Airbus ACJ derived from its A319 commercial airframe. It has also launched the larger A320 and the smaller A318 Elite. Other competitors at the smaller end of the market include the Embraer Lineage, the Bombardier Global Express, the Gulfstream G550 and the Gulfstream G650. A BBJ may cost around US$10/mile to operate, whereas the G650 and similar may cost $5–6.[6]

Models[edit]

Narrow-body models[edit]

  • BBJ, or less frequently BBJ1, is based on the 737-700, and formed the basis for the 737-700ER. This was the initial variant. In United States Navy service, this is known as the C-40B Clipper.
  • BBJ2 is based on the 737-800.
  • BBJ3 is based on the 737-900ER.
  • BBJ C is a variant of the BBJ featuring the "quick change" capabilities of the 737-700C. This allows the aircraft to be used for executive duty during one flight, and to be quickly reconfigured for cargo duty for the next flight.
  • BBJ MAX 8 and BBJ MAX 9 are proposed variants of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 with new CFM LEAP-1B engines and advanced winglets providing 13% better fuel burn; the BBJ MAX 8 will have a 6,325 nautical miles (7,279 mi; 11,714 km) range and the BBJ MAX 9 a 6,255 nautical miles (7,198 mi; 11,584 km) range.[7] The BBJ MAX 7 was unveiled in October 2016 and will have a 7,000 nautical miles (8,100 mi; 13,000 km) range, with 10% lower operating costs than the original BBJ while having a longer cabin and more under-floor baggage space.[8]

Wide-body models[edit]

Boeing 777-200LR BBJ. A Boeing 777 Worldliner in VIP configuration
  • 747 VIP: version of the 747-8 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. There are currently seven orders for this aircraft. The VIP 747 is delivered by BBJ in a "green" condition, meaning there are no interior furnishings so that the owner can design it to personal preference. This plane has a range of 9,260 nmi (17,150 km).
  • 777 VIP: version of the 777 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. It is a modified version of the 777-200LR, and Boeing 777X with a range of 10,100 nmi (18,700 km).
  • 787 VIP: version of the 787-8/-9 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. There are 15 orders for this aircraft. As with the 747, the VIP 787 is delivered by BBJ in a "green" condition. The −8 has a range of 9,955 nmi (18,437 km) and the −9 has a range of 9,500 nmi (17,594 km).

Operators[edit]

Boeing 737-700/BBJ of the Abu Dhabi airline Royal Jet
Boeing 737-900(ER)/BBJ3 of the State of Kuwait

State VIP users

 Australia
Royal Australian Air Force (2) leased BBJ737
 Belarus
Belarus Air Force (1)[citation needed] BBJ2 for Government VIP flight[9]
 Colombia
Colombian Air Force (1)
 India
Indian Air Force (3)
 Indonesia
Presidency (1) BBJ2 for Government VVIP flight.[10]
 Kazakhstan
Government of Kazakhstan (1)
 Kuwait
Government of Kuwait (2)
 Madagascar
Presidency (1)
 Malaysia
Royal Malaysian Air Force (1)
 Mexico
Mexican Air Force (1) 787 for government VIP flight
 Morocco
Royal Moroccan Air Force (2)
 Netherlands
Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands beginning in 2019 (1)[11]
 Niger
Niger Air Force (1) for government VIP flight
 Nigeria
Nigerian Air Force (1)
 Poland
Polish Air Force for government VIP flight, beginning in 2020 (2 BBJ2)[12]
 Qatar
Qatar Amiri Flight (1)
 South Africa
South African Air Force (1)
 Tunisia
Republic of Tunisia Government (1)
 United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight (9), Royal Jet (6) BBJ1 for Government VIP flight[9]

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

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