Boeing has announced it plans to offer Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) versions of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9, the new-generation versions of the 737 family due to enter service in 2017.
The manufacturer made the BBJ MAX announcement on October 29 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The Boeing BBJ MAX 8, based on the Boeing 737 MAX 8, will be the first member of the BBJ MAX family to be fitted with CFM International’s new LEAP-1B engines and the Boeing-developed Advanced Technology winglet.
According to Boeing, the new engine and Advanced Technology winglet will provide customers with a 13 per cent fuel-use improvement over existing 737 BBJ versions. Together, these features will translate to a range of 6,325 nautical miles – a more than 14-per cent increase over today’s BBJ 2, the increase to be validated in final configuration and flight test.
The BBJ MAX 8 will share the same cabin size with today’s BBJ 2, offering customers a 19-foot longer cabin and three times the cargo space of today’s BBJ.
“We anticipate the BBJ MAX 8 will be a very strong seller as a VIP aircraft and will likely capture a larger share of the market because it’s the right combination of performance, space and comfort,” says Captain Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets. “For VIP customers, extended range and exceptional comfort are equally important. The BBJ MAX will ensure our customers get the best of both.”
Boeing also intends to develop the plan for the BBJ MAX 9 based on the Boeing 737 MAX 9. Similar performance improvements are anticipated, offering a 6,255nm range with an even larger cabin than the BBJ MAX 8.
The manufacturer is studying plans for a BBJ MAX 7.