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 214 – As of 31 January 2016 (including BBJ1, BBJ2, BBJ3, 757BBJ, 747BBJ, 767BBJ, 777BBJ & 787BBJ)[1]
Unit cost
US$96.3–800.6 million as of 2015
A Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 737–700 BBJ at Sydney Airport

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 seats 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 Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and the Boeing 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[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5]

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 Air Force 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.[6]

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 eight 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 9,590 nmi (17,760 km) and the −9 has a range of 9,950 nmi (18,430 km).

Historical Orders and Deliveries[edit]

Boeing Business Jets Orders and Deliveries since July 1996 through 21 March 2016:[1]

BBJ / VIP Model Orders Deliveries In Service
Boeing 737 15 13 11
BBJ (BBJ2, BBJ3, BBJ C) 164 162 151
BBJ MAX 10 0 0
Boeing 757 5 5 5
Boeing 767 8 8 8
Boeing 777 9 7 5
Boeing 787 Dreamliner 15 9 2
Boeing 747-400 3 3 3
Boeing 747-8 9 8 5
Total 238 215 190

Operators[edit]

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

State VIP users

 Niger
Niger Air Force (1) for government VIP flight
 Australia
Royal Australian Air Force (2) leased BBJ737
 Belarus
Belarus Air Force (1)[citation needed] BBJ2 for Government VIP flight[7]
 Colombia
Colombian Air Force (1)
 India
Indian Air Force (3)
 Indonesia
Presidency (1) BBJ2 for Government VVIP flight.
 Kazakhstan
Government of Kazakhstan (1)
 Kuwait
Government of Kuwait (2)
 Madagascar
Presidency (1)
 Malaysia
Royal Malaysian Air Force (1)
 Morocco
Royal Moroccan Air Force (2)
 Nigeria
Nigerian Air Force (1)
 Qatar
Qatar Amiri Flight (1)
 South Africa
South African Air Force (1)
 Tunisia
Republic of Tunisia Government (1)
 United Arab Emirates
Royal Jet (6) BBJ2 for Government VIP flight[7]

Specifications[edit]

The specifications for the various members of the BBJ family are as follows:[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Measurement BBJ1 BBJ MAX 8 747 VIP 777 VIP 787 VIP
Crew 4 (Unknown)
Length 33.63 m (110 ft 4 in) 39.5 m (129 ft 8 in) 76.4 m (250 ft 8 in) 63.73 metres (209 ft 1 in) 62.8 m (206 ft)
Wingspan 35.79 m (117 ft 5 in) 35.92 m (117  ft 10 in) 68.5 m (224 ft 7 in) 64.80 metres (212 ft 7 in) 60.1 m (197 ft 3 in)
Wing area 1,341 sq ft 1,373 sq ft 5,960 sq ft 5,520 sq ft 3,501 sq ft
Height 12.57 m (41 ft 3 in) 12.3 m (40 ft 4 in) 19.6 m (64 ft 4 in) 18.62 metres (61 ft 1 in) 16.9 m (55 ft 6 in)
Empty weight 94,570 lb (42,895 kg) - 98,500 lb (44,700 kg) 141,700 lb (64,300 kg) 472,900 lb (214,500 kg) 352,100 lb (159,700 kg) 304,000 lb (138,000 kg)
Maximum fuel capacity 10,707 US gallons (40,530 L) 10,420 US gallons (39,444 L) 63,286 US gallons (239,564 L) 47,890 US gallons (181,283 L) 33,384 US gallons (126,372 L)
Maximum take-off weight 171,000 pounds (77,564 kg) 181,200 pounds (82,191 kg) 987,000 pounds (447,696 kg) 766,000 pounds (347,452 kg) 557,000 pounds (252,651 kg)
Maximum landing weight 134,000 pounds (60,781 kg) 152,800 pounds (69,309 kg) 688,000 pounds (312,072 kg) 492,000 pounds (223,167 kg) 425,000 pounds (192,777 kg)
Cruising speed Mach 0.78 Mach 0.79 Mach 0.85 Mach 0.84 Mach 0.85
Maximum speed 890 km/h (481 kn, Mach 0.82) Mach 0.84 Mach 0.90 Mach 0.92 Mach 0.95 (323 m/s)
Required runway at MTOW 5,249 ft (1,600 m) (unknown) 10,140 ft (3,090 m) 9,200 ft (2,800 m) 9,400 ft (2,900 m)
Range 6200 nmi (11,480 km)
8 passengers
6,555 nmi (12,140 km)
8 passengers
9,260 nmi (17,150 km) 10,030 nmi (18,580 km) 9,950 nmi (18,430 km)
Service Ceiling 41,000 ft (12,000 m) (unknown) 45,100 ft (13,700 m) 43,100 ft (13,100 m) 43,100 ft (13,100 m)
Wing sweep 25.02° 27.5° 37.5° 33.5° 32.2°
Powerplants Two CFM International CFM56-7 Two CFM International LEAP-1B Four General Electric GEnx Two General Electric GE90-115B1 Two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Maximum Thrust 11,740 kg (26,400 lbf) each 12,500 kg (28,000 lbf each 32,680 kg (72,300 lbf) each 52,300 kg (115,300 lbf) each 32,540 kg (72,000 lbf) each

See also[edit]

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

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