It is “challenging” selling BBJs in the present economic environment, Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor told reporters here in Geneva yesterday. Though the order book for this year is still open and looking for ink, Taylor was optimistic that negotiations begun at the 2012 ABACE show in Shanghai, China, in March would produce real orders before the year is out, if not at EBACE.
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Greenpoint Technologies (Stand 839), a completions center for Boeing Business Jets, is showcasing cabinetry craftsmanship here at EBACE, where it is displaying cabinetry manufactured and designed for the 747‐8 VIP. The U.S. company is one of only 15 approved BBJ completion centers worldwide.
Hyundai Motor Co. is entrusting the completion of its new Boeing Business Jet to Comlux America. The work will be done at Comlux’s Indianapolis, Indiana facility and will be its second BBJ completion and fifth project overall.
Following an announcement yesterday from Boeing that revealed more details about the 737 Max airliner series, Boeing Business Jets confirmed in response to AIN questions that the BBJ1, BBJ2 and BBJ3 bizliners will be transitioning to the upgraded Max platform. For airline use, Boeing plans to develop the 737-8 Max first, then the -9 and finally the -7.
Boeing and BizJet International recently signed a supplemental license agreement giving BizJet the status of a Boeing Approved Completion Center and making it an official member of Boeing’s BBJ completion network. BizJet has invested approximately $6 million in the expansion of its infrastructure, including the extension of shops, acquisition of new equipment and employee training.
With approximately 320 employees, BizJet offers MRO services for VIP and business aircraft, including the Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ, as well as FBO services.
The medevac unit of Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet evacuated 31 Chinese workers injured in explosions in the Republic of Congo on March 10, transporting them on a Boeing Business Jet from Maya Maya Airport in Brazzaville, Congo’s capital, to Beijing, China, in 16 hours following a brief stop i
ABS Jets is here at the ABACE show extolling the virtues of Asian operators using Prague as a “one-stop-shop” for their visits to Europe. “The Chinese market is developing fast and is generally seen as growing to become the key region for future growth, ultimately becoming of massive importance to business jet operators,” said Antonia Tomkova, the company’s commercial director.
Boeing Business Jets delivered the first BBJ Jet fitted with Honeywell’s Ovation Select system, which provides digital connectivity in the cabin. The bizliner, which can carry up to 19 passengers and has a luxury interior completed by Jet Tech of Spokane, Wash., went to a U.S. businessman who already has one BBJ. The new airplane has a stateroom with king-size bed, private lavatory and shower and a guest stateroom with divans that convert into beds, enabling the aircraft to sleep up to eight passengers.
“China is the business jet market for the next decade,” Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor said here yesterday at ABACE. He predicted “steady growth” for BBJ orders and deliveries in China, fueled mainly by aircraft charter operator customers that–unlike in other parts of the world–are the dominant players for new business jets in the Asian country.
Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor predicts “steady growth” for BBJ orders and deliveries in China, fueled mainly by aircraft charter operator customers that–unlike in other parts of the world–are the dominant players for new business jets in the Asian country. China is also unlike the rest of the world in its insatiable appetite for large-cabin jets and bizliners, Taylor noted. While the worldwide market share for this segment is 21 percent, in China it is 55 percent.