THE COST OF A BOEING BUSINESS JET
The cost of a Boeing Business Jet today is about $68,000,000 to purchase and with a 10 year waiting list to get one new. if you just wish to charter then expect to find rates in the $10,000 per hour range plus the usual surcharges for private jet travel. Call 213 455 7949 for your next chrater BBJ.
The Boeing Business Jet or BBJ is a member of the 737 family of airliners, one of the most successful and reliable jet aircraft in the world. The BBJ engineering and operations are based on the safety and reliability of the 737 aircraft, which logs more than 14,000 take-offs every day (one take-off every six seconds) and has completed over 100 million flight hours.
"The Boeing Business Jet, or BBJ, is a member of the 737 family of airliners - the most reliable jet airliners in the world."
The delivery of the first Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) was in October 1998 and now nearly 140 have been ordered (114 BBJ, 16 BBJ2, 9 BBJ3) and over 100 BBJ aircraft are in service worldwide. The BBJ has accumulated more than 90,000 flight hours.
Two BBJs are in service with the Royal Australian Air Force, one with the government of South Africa and three with the Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight. In July 2005, one BBJ of the US Air Force was delivered to the Columbian government for presidential and VIP transport.
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The BBJ is based on the 737-700 airliner and the BBJ2 on the 737-800. In November 2005, Boeing unveiled the BBJ3, based on the 737-900ER. BBJ3 has 35% more cabin space than the BBJ and 11% more cabin space than the BBJ 2. It will have a maximum range of 10,140km. BBJ3 was officially launched in October 2006, with orders from two undisclosed customers.
The BBJ can fly more than 6,000nm non-stop, for example Johannesburg to London or Los Angeles to Paris and provides interior space nearly three times larger than other comparable long range executive jets. In April, 2002, a BBJ flew a record 6,854nm from Seattle, USA to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.78.
In May 2004, the BBJ became the first non-commercial aircraft to cross the North Atlantic using Future Air Navigation System (FANS) technology. FANS rationalises communication between airplane crews and air-traffic controllers, providing greater safety and fuel efficiency.
The spacious 807ft² cabin can be customised to meet individual or business requirements for eight to 149 passengers. The interior configuration installed by completion centres with interior designers can include an executive office, conference rooms, private offices and bedrooms. Personal environments can be created for example with a living room, dining room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
"The BBJ is based on the Boeing 737-700 airliner."
Fresh air is constantly circulated throughout the cabin. There are two temperature control zones for the passengers and crew.
The BBJ is self-sufficient at airports with reduced ground support and limited facilities. The aircraft has built-in airstairs and easily loaded cargo holds.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, provides the aircraft to Boeing Business Jets, which delivers them in a green configuration (no paint or interior) to the completion centre selected by the customer for interior installation and painting.
The design of the fuselage is based on that of the proven Classic 737-700 combined with the centre section, strengthened aft section, wings and landing gear of the 737-800.
Optional winglets from Aviation Partners Inc yield a typically 5% increase in range through an up to 7% reduction in the turbulence-induced drag at the wingtips.
The glass cockpit incorporates many features of the Boeing 777 cockpit. The cockpit is being fitted with a Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics HGS-4000 head-up display and six Honeywell flat-panel liquid crystal flight displays. The HGS-4000 has improved low-visibility take-off guidance, runway deceleration cueing and advanced display features.
The flight deck includes an integrated dual global positioning system and a flight management system based on dual flight management computers supplied by Smiths Industries. The main instrument panel is equipped with six Honeywell flat panel liquid crystal displays.
The aircraft's communications suite includes triple VHF and dual HF systems and a Coltech selective calling unit. L-3 Communications supplied the 120min Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and the Flight Data Recorder (FDR).
The avionics is based on the Rockwell Collins Series 90 avionics suite with a dual Automatic Direction Finding (ADF), TCAS II traffic alert and collision avoidance system and a predictive windshear unit.
The flight systems include dual Rockwell Collins navigation receivers incorporating a Global Positioning System (GPS), Instrument Landing System (ILS) and a VHF Omni-directional Radio range navigation aid with data from the Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME).
"The spacious 807ft² cabin can be customised to meet individual or business requirements for eight to 149 passengers."
The Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) is supplied by Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal) and the airborne navigation data recorder, the digital flight data acquisition unit and a quick access recorder are supplied by Teledyne. The Honeywell/Thales MCS-7000 satellite communication system has been certificated for the BBJ.
In January 2007, Boeing and Rockwell Collins announced the development of an Enhanced Vision System (EVS) for the BBJ.
The EVS will have multi-wavelength infrared sensors from Max-Viz and will be displayed on the HGS-4000 HUD. Certification of the EVS is planned for early 2008.
The aircraft has two CFM International CFM56-7 turbofan engines, each providing 117.4kN. The wing tanks hold 26,025l of fuel and optionally from three to nine auxiliary fuel tanks (belly tanks) can be installed providing a total of up to 40,480l of fuel.
The BBJ is certified and capable of 180mins Extended-range, Twin-engine Operations (ETOPS) providing access to more direct and shorter routes.
The Boeing Business Jet Company provides maintenance and warranty agreements with 24-hour customer support worldwide. Routine parts are provided by a next-day shipment service and a two-hour shipment for Aeroplane-On-the-Ground (AOG) orders.
There are three service centres in Europe (Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany; and Jet Aviation in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland), two in the United States (Associated Air in Dallas, Texas and DeCrane Aircraft Systems Integration Group in Georgetown, Del) and one in the Middle East (Alsalam Aircraft Company of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) for authorised service and warranty work.