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 31st October 2016) (including BBJ1, BBJ2, BBJ3, 747BBJ, 757BBJ, 767BBJ, 777BBJ & 787BBJ)[1]
Unit cost
MAX7: US$88.7M, MAX8: $96.3M, MAX9: $105.3M (2018)[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]

BBJ cabin

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 costs US$9.57-10.13 per nautical mile to operate, whereas the faster G650ER costs $5.87 to 6.33.[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 nmi (11,710 km) range and the BBJ MAX 9 a 6,255 nmi (11,580 km) range.[7] The BBJ MAX 7 was unveiled in October 2016 and will have a 7,000 nmi (12,960 km) range, with 10% lower operating costs than the original BBJ while having a longer cabin and more under-floor baggage space.[8] The MAX BBJ 8 first flew on April 16, 2018, before delivery later the same year, and will reach 6,640 nmi (12,300 km) with an auxiliary fuel tank.[9]

Specifications[edit]

Boeing Business Jets[10]
Variant BBJ MAX 7 BBJ MAX 8 BBJ MAX 9
Cabin 884 sq ft / 82.1 m² 1,025 sq ft / 95.2 m² 1,120 sq ft / 104.1 m²
Cargo 274 cu.ft / 7.8 m³ 654 cu.ft / 18.5 m³ 821 cu.ft /23.2 m³
Length 116 ft 8 in / 35.56 m 129 ft 8 in / 39.52 m 138 ft 4 in / 42.16 m
Span × Height 117 ft 10 in / 35.92 m × 40 ft 4 in / 12.3 m
MTOW 177,000 lb / 80,286 kg 181,200 lb / 82,191 kg 194,700 lb / 88,314 kg
max Payload 32,370 lb (14,683 kg) 35,510 lb (16,107 kg) 38,600 lb (17,509 kg)
OEW 106,330 lb (48,230 kg) 109,890 lb (49,845 kg) 117,900 lb (53,479 kg)
Furnishings 16,000 lb (7,257 kg) 18,000 lb (8,165 kg) 21,000 lb (9,525 kg)
MEW 90,330 lb (40,973 kg) 91,890 lb (41,681 kg) 96,900 lb (43,953 kg)
Fuel capacity[a] 10,464 US gal (39,611 l) 10,470 US gal (39,633 l) 11,005 US gal (41,658 l)
Range (8 pax) 7,000 nmi (12,964 km) 6,640 nmi (12,297 km) 6,515 nmi (12,066 km)

Wide-body models[edit]

Mid East Jet 777-200 VIP
Jet Aviation 787-8 VIP
  • 747 VIP: version of the 747-8. 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 777-200LR, and Boeing 777X with a range of 10,100 nmi (18,700 km).
  • 787 VIP: version of the 787-8/-9. 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).

Specifications[edit]

Boeing Business Jets[10]
Variant BBJ 787-8 BBJ 787-9 BBJ 777-200LR BBJ 777-300ER BBJ 747-8
Cabin 2,415 sq.ft / 224.4 m² 2,775 sq.ft / 257.8 m² 3,001 sq.ft / 278.8 3,641 sq.ft / 338.3 4,786–5,179 sq ft
444.6–481.1 m2[b]
Cargo 4,862 cu.ft / 138.2 m³ 6,162 cu.ft / 174.5 m 5,720 cu.ft / 162 7,640 cu.ft / 216.3 6,940 cu ft (196.5 m3)
Length 186 ft 1 in (56.72 m) 206 ft 1 in (62.81 m) 209 ft 1 in / 63.73 m 242 ft 4 in / 73.86 m 250 ft 2 in / 76.3 m
Span 197 ft 3 in (60.12 m) 212 ft 7 in / 64.80 m 224 ft 7 in / 68.4 m
Height 55 ft 6 in (16.92 m) 55 ft 10 in (17.02 m) 61 ft 1 in / 18.6 m 60 ft 8 in / 18.5 m 63 ft 6 in / 19.4 m
MTOW 502,500 lb / 227,930 kg 560,000 lb / 254,011 kg 766,000 lb / 347,452 kg 775,000 lb / 351,533 kg 987,000 lb / 447,700 kg
max Payload 77,800 lb (35,289 kg) 105,000 lb (47,627 kg) 108,900 lb (49,396 kg) 147,900 lb (67,086 kg) 114,900 lb (52,118 kg)
OEW 277,200 lb (125,736 kg) 295,000 lb (133,810 kg) 352,100 lb (159,710 kg) 381,100 lb (172,864 kg) 536,100 lb (243,171 kg)
Furnishings 40,000 lb (18,144 kg) 45,000 lb (20,412 kg) 50,000 lb (22,680 kg) 60,000 lb (27,216 kg) 100,000 lb (45,359 kg)
MEW 237,200 lb (107,592 kg) 250,000 lb (113,398 kg) 302,100 lb (137,030 kg) 321,100 lb (145,649 kg) 436,100 lb (197,812 kg)
Fuel capacity 33,340 US gal (126,206 l) 33,380 US gal (126,357 l) 47,890 US gal / 181,283 L 63,034USgal / 238,610L
Range 9,945 nmi (18,418 km)[c] 9,485 nmi (17,566 km)[c] 10,030 nmi (18,576 km)[d] 9,300 nmi (17,224 km)[d] 8,875 nmi (16,436 km)[e]

Operators[edit]

RAAF 737-700 BBJ at Wagga Wagga Airport
State of Kuwait 737-900/BBJ3
737-700/BBJ of the Abu Dhabi airline Royal Jet

State VIP users

 Australia
Royal Australian Air Force (2) leased BBJ737
 Belarus
Belarus Air Force (1)[citation needed] BBJ2 for Government VIP flight[11]
 Colombia
Colombian Air Force (1)
 India
Indian Air Force (3)
 Indonesia
Presidency (1) BBJ2 for Government VVIP flight.[12]
 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)[13]
 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)[14]
 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[11]

See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ auxiliary tanks: 7 for MAX 7/8, 8 for MAX 9
  2. ^ without/with overhead
  3. ^ a b 25 passengers
  4. ^ a b 75 passengers
  5. ^ 100 passengers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boeing: Boeing Business Jets". boeing.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Purchase Planning Handbook" (PDF). Business & Commercial Aviation. Aviation Week Network. May 2018.
  3. ^ Lynch, Kerry (16 May 2015). "Boeing Business Jets confident as it studies Combi". Aviation International News. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ "First SkyView for BBJ". ainonline.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Fokker proposes giant window to Boeing Business Jets" Archive
  6. ^ "Mission Costs for Ultra-Long-Range Jets Table". Aviation Week. May 2015.
  7. ^ "Boeing Business Jets to Offer the BBJ MAX" (Press release). Boeing. October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "Boeing Business Jets Unveils BBJ MAX 7" (Press release). Boeing. October 31, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Milestone paves the way for delivery of the newest version of the best-selling business jetliner" (Press release). Boeing. April 16, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Boeing Business Jets". Boeing. June 2018.
  11. ^ a b http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/bbj/[unreliable source?]
  12. ^ tjs (14 April 2014). "RI 'Air Force One' will not be armed". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Dutch to replace Royal transport with 737 BBJ". flightglobal.com. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Polish gov't orders three VIP-configured B737NextGens". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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