VIP buyers snap up Boeing’s first ultra-long-range business jets


The aeroplane manufacturer revealed it has received four orders from undisclosed VIP buyers, including two Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 787-8s, one 737-7 and an option to purchase a 777-9.

Boeing, which unveiled the 2023 orders at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Switzerland earlier this week, has sold more than 260 jets since launching the BBJ business in 1996.

The BBJ 737-7 is the longest-range, non-widebody business jet in its class and can fly 6,600 nautical miles (12,200 kilometres) non-stop, or the equivalent of say Geneva to Singapore. The 787-8 Dreamliner delivers fuel savings, can lower cabin altitude, increase cabin air humidity and smooth the effects of turbulence.

BBJ Max 8. Image source: Boeing

The 777-9, or the BBJ 777X, is the first business jet capable of connecting any two cities in the world non-stop, flying up to 11,025 nautical miles (20,418 kilometres). The cabin measures 342.7-square metres and offers similar comfort technology to the 787-8. It will be able to fly farther than any other business jet.

BBJ Max 8. Image source: Boeing

The $400 million 777X, which launched in December 2018, was designed by Jet Aviation Design Studio, and is due to be certified late next year for airline service.

“With the right combination of comfort, performance and best-in-class operating economics, the BBJ family offers VIP customers all the features they are looking for in a business jet,” Joe Benson, BBJ president, says.

“Designed on the platforms of Boeing’s best-selling commercial airframes, customers recognize the value in operating the most reliable and capable jets in world.”

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