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.
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A Boeing Business Jet newly delivered to Samsung Electronics set a world record for speed over a recognized course on September 17, thanks to an auxiliary fuel system from PATS Aircraft Systems. The flight covered a distance of 5,658 nm from Los Angeles to New Zealand in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds, departing with full fuel and arriving with 7,800 pounds remaining.
Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s bizliner completions center at Dallas Love Field, signed an agreement for the maintenance and interior refurbishment of a Boeing Business Jet for a West African head-of-state operator today. The customer is a repeat Associated Air Center customer; the same aircraft was outfitted and delivered by the company to this customer in 2006. At that time, the aircraft represented Associated Air Center’s 14th BBJ completion since 1998, when it became a BBJ-authorized completion and service center.
To mark its one-year anniversary, privately owned Austin Executive Airport opened a new 26,650-sq-ft hangar, bringing its available leased shelter space to more than 63,000 sq ft. Built as part of a $33 million master plan by Houston businessman Ron Henriksen, the airport features an 18,249-sq-ft arrival canopy and a 6,025-foot runway that can handle the newest business aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650 and new Bombardier Globals.
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, StandardAero’s bizliner completions center at Dallas Love Field, recently delivered its 23rd Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) completion, for an Eastern European-based energy company customer. The BBJ’s interior includes a large sitting area, custom-designed lavatory and bedroom. Also installed was a cabin management system complete with in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi and flat-panel video monitors. Associated Air Center recently won a contract to outfit an executive Airbus A330-200.
Jet Aviation Basel signed an agreement with an undisclosed Middle Eastern client for completion of a BBJ3. Completion work on the bizliner’s cabin interior, which was designed by Studio E/motions, is scheduled to begin in the third quarter. The layout for the BBJ3 will include a living area, a conference/dining room and a private bedroom with en suite bathroom. Jet Aviation Basel also recently delivered two newly completed private Airbus A340s–an A340-600 and an A340-300–to undisclosed customers.
Associated Air Center’s BBJ mockup has proved more effective than originally anticipated for turnaround time, project cost and risk management. It allows technicians to fit check interior furnishings, bulkheads, monuments, headliners and valances before the arrival of the green aircraft or while other work is being done on the aircraft.
JetTech Aerospace delivered its first BBJ green completion in February and shut its doors not long after. According to the company’s former v-p of completions, Colt Mehler, a stagnant economy was the reason the Spokane, Wash.-based completion and refurbishment center went out of business.
“We had just delivered a great [BBJ] and the owners were happy with it, but there was little follow-on business,” Mehler explained, “and the risk-versus-reward was no longer appealing.”
Dallas-based Associated Air Center has launched a full-scale Boeing Business Jet mockup center and says it has exceeded expectations in streamlining the completion turnaround time.
The center allows interior technicians to fit-check cabin furnishings, bulkheads, monuments, headliners, valences and more before the aircraft arrives, allowing technicians to get a jump on fit and trim.