Boeing Delivers First BBJ 747-8 with Aeroloft System
Yesterday Boeing delivered a Boeing Business Jet 747-8 with the first Greenpoint Technologies Aeroloft system, which provides an extra 393 sq ft of cabin space (for a total of 5,179 sq ft) via the addition of a loft area above the main cabin between the upper deck and tail. It was installed by Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems in Wichita.
The Aeroloft features eight private sleeping berths and a changing room. According to BBJ president Steve Taylor, “The Aeroloft is one of the more innovative and exciting projects on which we’ve collaborated with Greenpoint. We’re certain all the BBJ 747-8 customers receiving the Aeroloft will be thrilled with [it].” Two more BBJ 747-8s with the Aeroloft system are scheduled to be delivered by year-end.
After a ceremony in Wichita with the airplane’s undisclosed customer, Taylor and BBJ chief pilot Rene Gonzales flew the BBJ 747-8 to Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany, for completion of its interior. The quad-jet arrived today in Hamburg, and Lufthansa Technik has already started completions work. The BBJ is scheduled to enter service in mid-2014.
To date, said Boeing Business Jets, nine BBJ 747-8s have been sold to head-of-state customers.