Boeing Flies 737-900ER, Platform for BBJ3
On September 1 Boeing’s new 737-900ER, the platform for the new BBJ3, made its first flight. The first 900ER is destined for Indonesia’s Lion Air. Boeing last November at the Dubai Air Show announced plans to offer a BBJ3 derivative (though not for the first time), but a formal launch decision has yet to be made. A Boeing spokesperson said more information on the BBJ3 will be forthcoming at the NBAA Convention next month in Orlando. According to preliminary data released last year, an executive version of the 900ER with five auxiliary fuel tanks will have an NBAA IFR range of 5,365 nm. Incidentally, the original BBJ3, which was proposed in early 2000, was going to be a 7,000-nm aircraft based on the 757-200 fuselage and 757-300 wing. But the project was shelved in late 2001, a victim of cost reductions at Boeing, according to then BBJ president Lee Monson.