At the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Las Vegas on October 10, Boeing Business Jets unveiled the latest BBJ to enter the Chinese charter market with operator Deer Jet.
The new Boeing Business Jet, owned and operated by Deer Jet of Beijing, is the second of four BBJs for the airline, making Deer Jet the largest BBJ charter operator in China.
“It’s no surprise BBJ is dominating the airplane charter business in Asia,” said Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets. “[The] BBJ can carry more people than traditional business jets, as well as having cabins that are around twice as wide with unequalled comfort, space and freedom of movement, which makes them ideal for carrying business teams.”
BBJ customers work with designers and interior completion centers to develop personalized interiors. The interior of Deer Jet’s new BBJ was completed by Associated Air Center of Dallas, Texas and features 28 seats, a bedroom suite and a full-sized bathroom with a shower.
Korean Airlines, Beijing Airlines and Metrojet also charter BBJs in Asia.Boeing Business Jets are corporate versions of Boeing’s airliners. The original BBJ is based on the Boeing 737-700; the BBJ2 is based on the Boeing 737-800; and the BBJ3 is based on the Boeing 737-900ER. There is also a BBJ version of the Boeing 787, called the 787 VIP; and the company has also sold several VIP versions of its new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jumbo jet.
Sales of BBJs to private individuals in Asia are extremely strong as well, according to Boeing Business Jets, which claims that one reason for this is that the BBJ can fly further than its competitor’s aircraft, the Airbus ACJA319, ACJA318 and ACJA320.
Airbus also offers ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jet) versions of its widebody airliners, including the A380 super-jumbo. The ACJA380 can seat more than 100 people in great luxury. Airbus has sold two even more luxurious VIP A380s.
Range is important to BBJ buyers in Asia, due to the great distances from Asia to Europe and North America, says Boeing Business Jets.