Boeing Business Jets announced yesterday at the Dubai Air Show that it is now offering the BBJ3, an executive version of its new 737-900ER. With five auxiliary fuel tanks, the BBJ3 will have a range of 4,765 nm. Its 1,120-sq-ft cabin is 35 percent more than that of a BBJ and 11 percent more than that of the BBJ2. The list price is $62.5 million, but it will be a while before deliveries can begin.
Boeing Business Jets and avionics maker Rockwell Collins disclosed Tuesday that they are planning to introduce an enhanced vision system (EVS) option for the BBJ. The option will be available on new BBJs and as a retrofit. Certification is expected by early next year. BBJ operators that opt for the EVS will require an upgrade to their HGS 4000, as well as the infrared camera.
Boeing Business Jets is ready to offer a BBJ 3 based on the biggest and longest-range member of the new generation 737 family, the 737-900ER, and is about to convene the first 787 completion center conference to address requirements for VIP versions of the 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing is here at EBACE floating the idea of adding another new member to its Boeing Business Jet family. The BBJ C would have the same airframe as the original BBJ (that is, based on the 737-700 fuselage and the -800 wing), but what would set it apart is a large cargo door in the side of the main deck. This would allow operators to use the aircraft for carrying bulky items such as cars, horses or equipment loaded in pallets.
Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has been sending out initial proposals for “green” corporate versions of the proposed 747-8 jetliner, for which parent company Boeing still seeks a launch customer. Here at EBACE 2006 yesterday, BBJ president Steve Hill said that a first buyer could be identified within about two months.
One month after the inaugural Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China, Boeing Business Jets received its first-ever order from a Chinese customer. An undisclosed private individual based in Hong Kong signed a contract for a BBJ early last month, bringing the sales tally for the type to 98.
Rockwell Collins last month announced that its Tailwind 550 satellite television system has gainedan STC for installation in the Boeing Business Jet.Completed by Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland,the certification allows Collins to deliver “globaltelevision solutions for current and potential BBJ customers,” said Tim Rayl, senior director, Airshow Systems for Rockwell Collins.
Since the first Boeing Business Jet entered the PATS Aircraft completion center in September 2001, the company has rolled out five finished BBJs. The company delivered the latest, for a South American head of state, last month.
Boeing Business Jets has selected Jet Aviation Singapore as a BBJ-authorized service center. The company becomes the first BBJ-authorized service center in the Asia-Pacific region, providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services as well as warranty work to BBJ owners.
At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition early this month in Geneva, Boeing Business Jets president Steven Hill will reveal product development activities, including “the exploration of a new BBJ family member.” Hill also planned to discuss the status of the BBJ 3 (a 4,765-nm executive version of its new 737-900ER) and a VIP version of the 787 (Dreamliner).