Boeing Delivers BBJ; Marks Anniversary

 - August 28, 2011, 12:25 PM

Boeing recently marked the 15th anniversary of its Boeing Business Jets division with delivery of a BBJ to Deer Jet Airlines of Beijing, the third of four BBJs ordered by Deer Jet for use in charter and corporate transport.

Deer Jet representatives, along with current and former Boeing Business Jets employees, were on hand for the delivery and anniversary celebration July 15 at Boeing’s Seattle facility.

Boeing and General Electric launched the Boeing Business Jets joint venture in July 1996 with the original BBJ–a hybrid of the 737-700 airliner with the wing of the bigger 737-800–modified for executive and private applications. Boeing Business Jets’ president at the time, the late Borge Boeskov, predicted there was a market for perhaps as many as 40 BBJs over the following decade. Since then, the company has taken orders for 154, including BBJ2s, BBJ3s and the BBJ C, and has delivered 138.

According to current Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor, the company is now building on the brand with executive versions of the new and soon-to-be-certified 787 and 747-8 Intercontinental.

Since its birth in 1996, Boeing Business Jets has taken orders for executive models from the entire Boeing line for 206 aircraft and delivered 168. The orders include twelve 787s and nine 747-8s.