Boeing Business Jet BBJ3 Overview
Boeing celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) in 2006 by unveiling the BBJ 3, the third and largest variant of the company’s pioneering VIP airliner, based on the world’s most successful airliner. The BBJ 3 is a derivative of the Next Generation 737-900 ER (Extended Range), extending its line of VIP variants to all models of the 737. (The BBJ is based on the 737-700; the BBJ 2 on the 737-800.) The cabin of the BBJ 3, at 1,120 square feet, is 11 percent larger than the BBJ 2 and a whopping 35 percent bigger than the BBJ’s 807 square feet. Maximum range with eight auxiliary fuel tanks is 5,475 nautical miles.
Boeing Business Jet BBJ3 History
Boeing Business Jets, an independent division of the Boeing Company created in partnership with General Electric, purchases the unfinished airframes from Boeing Commercial Airplanes. They are delivered “green” to customers. BBJ has designated more than a 16 authorized independent completion centers around the world to provide the paint and interiors for the BBJs. Boeing believes the interior design options is what sets BBJs apart and that “each one is a reflection of the taste of that individual buyer.” Buyers often spend as much outfitting the interiors of these incomparable aircraft as they do on the aircraft. First BBJ 3 delivery to a completion center was in 2009 and completed in 2010.
Boeing Business Jet BBJ3 Performance
In addition to their luxury and comfort, the BBJ 3 and the rest of the BBJ fleet provide one of the most advanced platforms in private or commercial aviation. The BBJ has served as platform for integrating and implementing the latest aviation technologies. For examples, the blended winglets from Air Partners found on almost all airlines’ 737s today were developed for the BBJ. The Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and the auxiliary fuel system aboard some commercial 737s were also developed for the BBJ. Attesting to its ruggedness and reliability, two military aircraft - the P8 Poseidon, set to replace the P3 Orion patrol aircraft, and the AEW&C, a high intensity radar platform – are both derived from the BBJ.
Boeing Business Jet BBJ3 Sales
Boeing has sold more than 150 BBJ, BBJ 2 and BBJ 3 aircraft and all three models remain in production, and are in high demand in the private airliner market. About one-third (35 percent) are purchased by government for use by heads of state. Corporate and charter operators (12 percent and 10 percent of sales respectively) are also important customers. But the largest group of owners are private individuals (43 percent) who demand the ultimate in convenience, reliability and luxury in their lives and in their transportation.