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BBJ Sets Los Angeles-To-Auckland Speed Record

 - October 30, 2012, 2:00 PM
A green BBJ belonging to Samsung Electronics set a speed record over a recognized course: 5,658 nm in 13 hours, 7 minutes, 54 seconds. With the aircraft are (l-r) J.J. Choi, Samsung Electronics; BBJ chief pilot Rene Gonzalez; pilot captain Matt Coleman; and Boeing Business Jets president and captain Steve Taylor.

A Boeing Business Jet newly delivered to Samsung Electronics set a world record for speed over a recognized course on September 17, landing after a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, a distance of 5,658 nm covered in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

The flight, monitored by the Washington, D.C.-based National Aeronautical Association, ferried the green airplane to the completion facilities of Altitude Aerospace Interiors (Booth No. 1596) in Auckland for cabin outfitting.

On the flight were J.J. Choi of Samsung Electronics, BBJ chief pilot Rene Gonzalez, pilot and captain Matt Coleman and Boeing Business Jets (Booth No. 1499) president Steve Taylor.

“When we left Los Angeles with full fuel, we were 21,000 pounds below our maximum takeoff weight,” said Taylor. “This means that the customer can add a full VIP interior, fill all the seats and still carry full fuel and have remarkable range.”

The aircraft was equipped with a seven-tank auxiliary fuel system installed by PATS Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del. (Booth No. 4206). It also coincidentally was the 150th BBJ to have the PATS auxiliary fuel package installed.