Boeing has launched the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) MAX family of business jets after receiving the first order from an undisclosed customer.
The order is for a Boeing BBJ MAX 8, which is based on the 737 MAX 8 and is the newest business jet to join the BBJ family. The first BBJ MAX will be delivered in 2018 without an interior, and a completion center of the customer’s choosing will install the jet’s VIP interior.
“We expect a large demand for the BBJ MAX, particularly for those BBJ owners who want to fly farther and more efficiently and still maintain the exceptional comfort of a BBJ,” says Capt. Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets.
With new CFM International LEAP-1B engines and other aerodynamic improvements including Advanced Technology winglets, the 737 MAX will provide a 14 per cent fuel-use improvement compared to today’s most efficient single-aisle aircraft, according to Boeing Business Jets.
The fuel-use improvement is even greater at longer ranges typically flown by BBJ customers, the company claims.
The BBJ MAX 8 will have a range of 6,325 nautical miles (11,713 kilometers), an increase of more than 800 nautical miles (1,482 kilometers) over the Boeing BBJ2, the BBJ version of the high-selling Boeing 737-800.
It will share the same cabin size with today’s BBJ2, offering customers a 19-foot (5.8 meter) longer cabin and three times the cargo space of today’s BBJ, while improving on its range capability.
The new BBJ family also will include the BBJ MAX 9, based on the 737 MAX 9. This aircraft is expected to offer a 6,255-nautical mile (11,584-kilometer) range with an even larger cabin than the BBJ MAX 8.
Plans for a BBJ MAX 7, based on the Boeing 737 MAX 7, are still being studied, according to Boeing Business Jets.
According to Boeing, development of the 737 MAX family is on schedule, the manufacturer having achieved firm configuration of the aircraft in July 2013.
First flight of a 737 MAX aircraft (a Boeing 737 MAX 8, the first version developed) is scheduled to take place in 2016 and deliveries to commercial airline customers are planned to begin in 2017.
The Boeing 737 MAX family has accumulated orders for more than 1,900 aircraft to date from 37 customers worldwide.