Boeing Business Jets set a new world record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course” on September 16, when a BBJ flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland in New Zealand for installation of its VIP interior.
The Boeing BBJ, a Boeing 737-700 modified for VIP use, made the 5,658-nautical mile (10,479-kilometer) trip in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds.
The record-setting trip was monitored by the National Aeronautic Association, which is based in Washington, D.C.
“When we left Los Angeles with full fuel, we were 21,000 pounds below our maximum takeoff weight,” said Capt.Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets.
“This means that the customer can add a full VIP interior, fill all the seats and still carry full fuel and have remarkable range – something our competitor with the same-class business jet simply cannot do non-stop,” Taylor added.
The aircraft had 7,800lb of fuel remaining when it landed in Auckland on the evening of Sunday, September 16.
The Boeing BBJ, owned by Samsung Electronics, is equipped with seven auxiliary fuel tanks, giving it the extended-range capability. It also features lower cabin altitude, providing a 6,500-foot cabin altitude instead of the standard 8,000-foot cabin, allowing passengers to travel in greater comfort.
The aircraft was flown to New Zealand for the first interior completion of a new BBJ by Altitude Aerospace Interiors, an Auckland-based company which was launched in 2008.
Boeing delivers the BBJ to the customer “green” (that is, it is not fitted with an interior or painted) so it can be customized to suit the specific needs and taste of the customer. The completion center of the customer’s choosing installs the VIP interior, which typically takes nine months to a year.
The BBJ is the best selling model of Boeing’s business jet line, with 157 sold to date.