Boeing says it will build a business jet variant of its 777X aircraft. This was announced at Middle East Business Aviation Association Show (MEBAA) in Dubai today.
The aircraft is called the ‘BBJ 777X’ and will be longest-range business jet ever, according to the aircraft manufacturer.
Boeing will build two types of the twin-engined ultra-long-haul business jet, the BBJ 777-8 and a longer BBJ 777-9. The BBJ 777-8 will have a range of 11,645 nautical miles (21,570 km), according to the company. This would beat the competing Airbus ACJ350-ULR by more than 500 nautical miles.
The 777X is Boeing’s latest long haul aircraft programme. It is the successor of the 777 (also called the triple-seven), which is the aircraft manufacturer’s best selling wide body aircraft. Boeing plans three variants of the regular 777X, the 777-8, the 777-9 and the 777-10X, however the latter one is only a proposal as of now. In a standard two-class configuration, the aircraft types will seat 365, 414 and ~450 passengers respectively.
Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) was founded in 1996 and is building business jets based on regular Boeing aircraft. Since its launch, BBJ has delivered a total of 236 airplanes.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.