Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) reconfirmed plans today to build the BBJ Max, the executive version of Boeing’s 737 Max commercial jet that uses the CFM International Leap 1-B engines. Paralleling the commercial program, the first BBJ Max 8 will be based on the 737 Max 8 airframe. First BBJ Max 8 deliveries are expected in the 2017 to 2018 time frame. The BBJ Max 9 will follow, while plans for a BBJ Max 7 are under study.
Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), yesterday, announced plans to build the BBJ MAX, the VIP version of Boeing’s 737 MAX commercial jet and next iteration of BBJ’s executive airliners. The MAX brings the BBJ into the Leap era, using the same CFM International Leap 1-B engines and winglets as on the 737 MAX, which provide a range increase of more than 14 percent, according to Boeing.
A Boeing Business Jets BBJ set a new world speed record this week on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, completing the 5,658-nm trip in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds. The record-setting flight was monitored by the National Aeronautic Association. Owned by Samsung Electronics, the bizliner was flown to New Zealand for the first interior completion of a new BBJ by Auckland-based Altitude Aerospace Interiors. According to Boeing Business Jets, the BBJ is its best selling model, with 157 sold to date.
Yesterday Boeing delivered a Boeing Business Jet 747-8 with the first Greenpoint Technologies Aeroloft system, which provides an extra 393 sq ft of cabin space (for a total of 5,179 sq ft) via the addition of a loft area above the main cabin between the upper deck and tail. It was installed by Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems in Wichita.
Associated Air Center of Dallas, a Boeing Business Jet-approved center since 1998, delivered its 21st BBJ completion earlier this year. Associated’s organization designation authorization (ODA) was responsible for the supplemental type certificate.
Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash., has ordered the CTT Systems Cair cabin humidification package for installation in a BBJ3 this spring/summer. The Nykoping, Sweden-based firmπs Cair provides a relative cabin humidity of about 20 percent, compared with the typical 3- to 5-percent humidity.
Associated Air Center (AAC) recently delivered two Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) as well as its 13th Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ). All three aircraft were redelivered with well appointed interior configurations and included such options as external cameras, moving-map/flight information systems, in-flight entertainment systems consisting of high-definition-capable audio and video-on-demand systems serving several multi-zone surround sound systems.
Rarely does the chief pilot of an OEM become the president, but it happened at Boeing Business Jets last year when Steve Taylor took over from Steve Hill, who retired after five years as BBJ president and 35 years with Boeing.
Boeing Business Jets announced in May at EBACE that its then-president Steve Hill would be retiring in July after 30 years at Boeing and that BBJ chief pilot Steve Taylor would be taking over as president. One of Taylor’s first tasks as president, he related to the author at that time, was to find someone to replace himself as chief pilot.
Florida Jet Sales has a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) for sale out on the MEBA show static display. The aircraft entered service just over eight years ago, in August 2000, and has logged more than 4,000 hours. The U.S. preowned aircraft sales specialist also has half a dozen other jets in its current inventory, including a Hawker Beechcraft 800XP and an 800A, a Dassault Falcon 50 and a 900EX, a Bombardier Learjet 60SE and an IAI Astra SPX.