Boeing Business Jets today has delivered a BBJ to Nanshan Jet of Yantai in China, rounding out a strong year of orders and deliveries to Chinese customers.
Representatives of Nanshan Jet took delivery of the aircraft at the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle. This is the first Boeing Business Jet for Nanshan Jet and one of the first aircraft the company will operate on its own.
“Previously our jets were operated by Air China. We’re thrilled to begin this new adventure with Boeing as our partner,” says Bin Yu, president of Nanshan Jet.
Yu says the BBJ (which is based on the Boeing 737-700) will be Nanshan Jet’s largest, most capable aircraft in its fleet of seven business jets and will provide charter services for corporations, government agencies and private individuals in China.
“Flying farther, with lower cabin altitude and with nearly three times the interior space of the largest traditional business jets, Nanshan Jet is going to love their BBJ,” says Capt. Stephen Taylor, BBJ president.
Boeing delivers the BBJ to the customer ‘green’ (with no interior outfitting or exterior painting other than anti-corrosion primer) so it can be customized to suit specific needs and tastes. Nanshan Jet has selected Lufthansa Technik’s U.S. subsidiary, BizJet International, to complete its BBJ interior in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The BBJ will be configured to carry 28 passengers.
Three of four BBJ orders and three of seven deliveries this year were to customers in China. Boeing Business Jets expects 2012 to be equally as strong for orders in the region.