US manufacturer Boeing is using its 777X platform to launch a business jet that can fly its owner half-way around the world in the ultimate luxury and connect virtually any two cities.
The new BBJ 777-8 version of the plane will have an astonishing range of 11,645 nautical miles (21, 570km) while the bigger BBJ 777-9 will still offer an ultra-long-range 11,000nm (20,730km).
This means they will fly farther than any business jet ever built.
“Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination,” said Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show.
“The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other airplane before it, redefining ultra-long range VIP travel,” said Mr. Laxton.
The long-legged BBJ 777-8 offers a spacious 3,256 sq. ft. (302.5 sq m) cabin while this increases to 3,689 sq. ft. (342.7 sq m) on the 777-9 model.
To demonstrate the versatility of the airplane’s spacious cabin, BBJ unveiled interior concepts from three leading design firms: Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design.
Each concept shows how the BBJ 777X can be transformed to suit the tastes of any VIP customer.
Boeing also announced it recently booked another order for its BBJ MAX family from an unidentified customer. This brings total orders for the BBJ MAX, which can fly 7,000nm (12,964kms), to 21.
In addition to the BBJ Max family, Boeing’s business jet products include high-performance versions of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, 777X, and 747-8.
Since its launch in 1996, Boeing Business Jets has delivered 234 jets on 261 orders.