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Boeing Business Jet

Boeing Business Jet
Artist's impression of the entire BBJ family
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Boeing Commercial Airplanes
First flight September 4, 1998
Introduction 1999
Produced 1998–present
Number built 189 – As of September 30, 2013 (including BBJ1, BBJ2, BBJ3, 747BBJ, 767BBJ, 777BBJ & 787BBJ)
Unit cost
US$47–310 million as of 2009
A Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 737–700 BBJ at Sydney Airport

The Boeing Business Jet series are variants of Boeing airliners for the corporate jet market, initially the 737 series airliners. This aircraft usually seats between 25 and 50 passengers within a luxurious configuration. This may include a master bedroom, a washroom with showers, a conference/dining area, and a living area. The Boeing Business Jet is a 50/50 partnership between Boeing Commercial Airplanes and General Electric.

The latest versions of the BBJs include configurations based on the Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.


The Boeing BBJ is primarily a 737 commercial airframe with modifications to provide for private jet service. The BBJ1 is based on a 737-700 airframe, with elements from the 737–800. The BBJ2 and BBJ3 are based on the 737–800 and 737-900ER series, respectively. All models include changes to the airframe regardless of the BBJ series.

Changes from the normal 737 include:

  • Blended winglets for additional fuel economy (3–5% improvement) as standard (winglets are optional on airliner 737s)
  • Self-contained airstairs for disembarking at airports with limited ground support
  • Additional fuel tanks, for intercontinental range
  • ETOPS-180 certification

After the launch of the BBJ, Airbus followed suit with the launch of the Airbus ACJ derived from its A319 commercial airframe. It has also launched the larger A320 and the smaller A318 Elite. Other competitors at the smaller end of the market include the Embraer Lineage, the Bombardier Global Express, the Gulfstream G550 and the Gulfstream G650.


Narrow-body models

  • BBJ, or less frequently BBJ1, is based on the 737-700, and formed the basis for the 737-700ER. This was the initial variant. In United States Air Force service, this is known as the C-40B Clipper.
  • BBJ2 is based on the 737–800.
  • BBJ3 is based on the 737-900ER.
  • BBJ C is a variant of the BBJ featuring the "quick change" capabilities of the 737-700C. This allows the aircraft to be used for executive duty during one flight, and to be quickly reconfigured for cargo duty for the next flight.
  • BBJ MAX 8 and BBJ MAX 9 are proposed variants of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9.[1]

Wide-body models

  • 747 VIP: version of the 747-8 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. There are currently seven orders for this aircraft. The VIP 747 is delivered by BBJ in a "green" condition, meaning there are no interior furnishings so that the owner can design it to personal preference. This plane has a range of 9,260 nmi (17,150 km).
  • 777 VIP: version of the 777 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. It is a modified version of the 777-200LR with a range of 10,100 nmi (18,700 km). Two have been produced to date.
  • 787 VIP: version of the 787-8/-9 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. There are eight orders for this aircraft. As with the 747, the VIP 787 is delivered by BBJ in a "green" condition. The −8 has a range of 9,590 nmi (17,760 km) and the −9 has a range of 9,950 nmi (18,430 km).

Historical Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Business Jets Orders and Deliveries since July 1996 through April 14, 2014

BBJ / VIP Model Orders Deliveries In Service
Boeing 737 11 11 9
BBJ (BBJ2, BBJ3, BBJ C) 159 152 134
BBJ MAX 1 0 0
Boeing 757 5 5 5
Boeing 767 8 8 7
Boeing 777 6 5 5
Boeing 787 14 3 0
Boeing 747-400 3 3 3
Boeing 747-8 9 8 0
Total 216 195 163

Source [1]


Boeing 737-700/BBJ of the Abu Dhabi airline Royal Jet
Boeing 737-700/BBJ of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

State VIP users

Argentine Air Force (1 order)
Royal Australian Air Force (2) leased BBJ737
Belarus Air Force (1) BBJ2 for Government VIP flight[2]
Colombian Air Force (1)
Indian Air Force (3)
Presidency (1) BBJ2 for Government VVIP flight.
Government of Kazakhstan (1)
Government of Kuwait (2)
Presidency (1)
Royal Malaysian Air Force (1)
Nigerian Air Force (1)
 South Africa
South African Air Force (1)
Republic of Tunisia Government (1)
Royal Jet (6) BBJ2 for Government VIP flight[2]
Royal Moroccan Air Force (2)


Measurement BBJ1
Crew 4
Capacity 8–63
Length 33.63 m (110 ft 4 in)
Wingspan 35.79 m (117 ft 5 in)
Height 12.57 m (41 ft 3 in)
Weight empty 42,895 kg (94,570 lb)
Maximum take-off weight 77,560 kg (171,000 lb)
Maximum landing weight
Maximum speed 890 km/h (481 kn, Mach 0.82)
Range 11,480 km (6200 nmi) 8 passengers; 11,075 km (5980 nmi) 25 passengers; 10,205 km (5510 nmi) 50 passengers
Service Ceiling 12,496 m (41,000 ft)
Rate of climb (Unknown)
Wing loading (Unknown)
Thrust-to-weight 0.31:1
Powerplants 2 × CFM International CFM56-7 turbofans
Thrust 2 x 117.4 kN (26,400 lbf)

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


External links

  • Official site.
  • Official site (old HTML site.
  • 787 and 747-8 BBJs announced
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