Boeing Business Jets has unveiled the latest BBJ to enter service, showing the aircraft at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai.
The BBJ in question, a Boeing 737-700 with 737-800 wings and other modifications for longer range, was delivered earlier this month to a private businessman in the United States. It is the second BBJ for this customer.
“Our repeat customers aren’t limited to governments and charter companies, but include private individuals who love the comfort and capability of their BBJ so much, they buy another one,” said Capt. Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets.
The aircraft is the first BBJ to enter service with Honeywell’s new Ovation Select digital-connectivity system, allowing the passengers to be as productive on board their aircraft as they are in the office.
“Ovation Select offers the latest technological advancements to deliver seamless and easy connectivity – whether passengers are connected via their BlackBerry, using their laptops or iPads or conducting a video conference call,” said Tony Brancato, vice president for business and general aviation aftermarket at Honeywell Aerospace.
“The modular, lightweight and flexible cabin management system provides component command and control, high-quality, crystal-clear surround sound audio and vivid full high-definition (1080p) video, which is stunning to watch on the 42-inch and 46-inch high definition monitors found in this BBJ,” said Brancato.
This particular BBJ can carry up to 19 passengers and boasts a luxury interior completed by Jet Tech of Spokane, Washington. It has all the amenities of a home including a large personal stateroom with a king-size bed, a private lavatory and a shower.
It also has a smaller guest stateroom with divans that convert into beds enabling the BBJ to sleep up to eight passengers.
The BBJ has a center island and appliances similar to that in a typical kitchen including convection and microwave ovens, a refrigerator, a wine cooler and a trash compactor.
With seven auxiliary fuel tanks, this BBJ offers a range of more than 5,600 nautical miles (10,370 kilometers) at Mach 0.80 – equivalent to about 12 hours non-stop flight time, plus reserve fuel.
Boeing Business Jets offers a range of BBJs. The original BBJ is based on the 737-700 airframe; the BBJ2 on the 737-800; and the BBJ3 on the Boeing 737-900ER.
The original BBJ is closely similar to the C-40B, numbers of which Boeing has sold as VIP transports to the U.S. government. The BBJ also led to Boeing developing a long-range, mainly business-class version of the basic Boeing 737-700 for Japan’s All Nippon Airways.
Swiss operator PrivatAir also operates BBJ2s on business class-only scheduled services on behalf of Lufthansa and other carriers, as well as on private charters. China’s Deer Jet operates several BBJs on charters for privte charter customers.
Boeing Business Jets also offers VIP versions of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental; members of the 777 family; and members of the 787 family. In the past the company has sold aircraft of the 757 and 767 families as VIP jets, as well.