Boeing Business Jets is featuring a BBJ Convertible in the static display at this year’s National Business Aviation Association convention, which is being held from October 19 to October 22 at the Orange County Convention Center at 9800 International Drive, Orlando. (October 19 is Press Day, for media and exhibitors only.)
This is the first time the BBJ Convertible has been on display. Boeing abbreviates the name of the aircraft, which is designed to be able to perform a variety of greatly different missions, to ‘BBJ C’. The BBJ C’s fuselage is based on that of the Boeing 737-700 and is the same size.
During the show, the airplane is in passenger configuration, with an interior designed for both utility and comfort. Boeing says the BBJ C changes to an all-freighter configuration in less than eight hours.
Boeing delivered the airplane to Peregrine Point LLC, a Federal Aviation Regulation Part 125 charter operator, in October 2007 before formally announcing availability of the BBJ C last May.
Also highlighted on the aircraft is an SAS Scandinavian Airlines medical-evacuation installation.
Governments, corporations and private owners can quickly change their BBJ Cs from transporting VIPs, staff or troops to delivering disaster-relief supplies or configuring for medical evacuation. ”
“The multi-mission capability of the BBJ C addresses the trend in government spending toward multi-use aircraft,” says Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets.
Boeing says the BBJ C’s 140-inch-wide (3.56-meter) by 96.5-inch high (2.45-meter) side cargo door makes it possible to load and transport tools, parts and machinery as well as food and medical supplies.
The BBJ C comes standard with six auxiliary fuel tanks and has a range of more than 5,400nm (10,000km) in the all-passenger configuration. It can carry more than 18.3 tons (16.6 tonnes) of cargo over more than 3,000nm (5,555km) or 10 tons (9.1 tonnes) nearly 5,000nm (9,260km) while in the all-freighter configuration.
“The payload and range capability of the BBJ C far exceeds current and proposed single-aisle cargo or convertible airplanes,” claims Taylor. “And we’ve timed the BBJ C perfectly to replace many of the single-aisle freighters and convertibles that are approaching 30 years in service.”
Boeing Business Jets has delivered one “green” (lacking interior finishing and paint) Boeing 767 VIP and a mix of four green BBJs to date in 2009. The BBJ program expects to deliver four more BBJs before year’s end.
The company’s current orders for corporate-configured airliners stand at 196 for combined widebody VIP and narrowbody BBJ models, of which 147 are BBJs.