Boeing has marked the delivery of the first Aeroloft installed on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 747-8.
The Aeroloft, designed and built by Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Washington, provides 393 square feet (36.5 square meters) of additional cabin space for the BBJ 747-8, which is a VIP version of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet.
This brings the total cabin space in the VIP-configured Boeing 747-8 to 5,179 square feet (481.2 square meters). The Aeroloft was installed by Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems (GTES) in Wichita, Kansas.
Developed specifically for the BBJ 747-8, the Aeroloft is located above the main cabin between the upper deck and tail of the aircraft. It boasts eight private sleeping berths and a changing room, providing a comfortable rest area during flight.
Boeing and Greenpoint have worked together for more than a decade developing VIP interior solutions for private and head-of-state customers.
“The Aeroloft is one of the more innovative and exciting projects on which we’ve collaborated with Greenpoint,” says Capt. Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets. “We’re certain all the BBJ 747-8 customers receiving the Aeroloft will be thrilled with this unique and comfortable space.”
Two additional BBJ 747-8s with Greenpoint’s Aeroloft are scheduled for delivery in 2012.
After a small ceremony in Wichita with the aircraft undisclosed customer, the BBJ 747-8 was flown by Capt. Taylor and Capt. Rene Gonzales, BBJ’s chief pilot, to Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany for completion of its VIP interior. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2014.
To date, nine BBJ 747-8s have been sold to head-of-state customers.