Boeing Business Jets have announced rapid progress
toward achieving what no other ultra-large-cabin, long-range business jet
manufacturer has accomplished - selling 100 business jets.BBJ continues to lead in that market by outselling its nearest competitor by a
factor of 4 to 1. Since its inception in 1996, BBJ has won orders and commitments
for 97 airplanes, winning six within the past six months.
“The interest and orders for the BBJ continues to grow. We’re confident that the
record sales pace will continue and that we will achieve 100 orders before the end
of this year,” BBJ President Steven Hill said during a media briefing at the
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. “The
size, comfort and reliability of the BBJ exactly suit the needs of those who travel
around the globe for business or pleasure.”
The latest orders and commitments for four BBJs and two BBJ 2s came from customers
in the Middle East region, the United States and the Commonwealth of Independent
Fifty-seven customers have ordered 83 BBJs and 14 BBJ 2s. About 40 percent of BBJ
customers are private individuals, 38 percent are government heads of state, and the
remaining customer segment is divided between corporate and charter operators.
The BBJ and BBJ 2 are high-performance derivatives of the commercially popular
Next-Generation 737-700 and 737-800, respectively. Providing unsurpassed levels of
space, comfort and utility, the BBJ cabin offers 807 square feet (75 square meters)
of space, nearly three times the interior space of competing models with similar
range capability. The BBJ 2 offers 25 percent more cabin space and twice as much
cargo capacity as the BBJ.