It started several years ago when Boeing began selling its BBJ in numbers that the airline manufacturer never expected (25 in the first year, 82 overall since its inception in 1996). Though bizliners are not a new concept, the BBJ stirred some issues that were mostly dormant at North American airports.
Boeing Business Jet
Boeing Business Jets said it plans to install the Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics Head-up Guidance System (HGS-4000) as standard equipment in all BBJs and BBJ2s. In addition to traditional HUD functions, the HGS-4000 provides improved low-visibility takeoff guidance as well as runway deceleration cueing, readout of remaining runway length and unusual-attitude recovery cues, said BBJ chief pilot Mike Hewett.
Name a business jet that has standup headroom, seating for a crowd or luxurious expanses for a dozen, range of up to 3,200 nm and costs about $12 million fully completed.
Answer: Fokker F100EJ.
For the very elite, a BBJ could be considered a personal jet. But for most owner-pilots, the term “personal jet” conjures up visions of something considerably smaller, perhaps even fighter-like. Interestingly, George Bye’s vision of a personal jet grew out of a course in advanced aerodynamics he taught to budding fighter pilots at Sheppard AFB in the 1980s. “The Javelin is the fighter we used in the course,” he told AIN.
Lufthansa will offer nonstop service in a Boeing Business Jet scheduled to operate six times weekly starting June 17 between Newark International and Dusseldorf Airports. The aircraft, provided through a wet-lease arrangement with Swiss charter firm PrivatAir, is fitted with 48 business-class seats and is painted in Lufthansa livery.
PATS Aircraft, the Georgetown, Del.-based specialist in large executive/ VIP interior completions, recently outfitted a green BBJ2 for an Eastern European head of state in what it claims is a record 207 days, or about seven months. The interior, said v-p of quality and procurement Dominick Scott, came in 123 pounds under the target weight of 18,200 pounds.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 4050) has announced delivery of a Boeing Business Jet. The interior refurbishment was a major project that included replacement of virtually all the previous materials. Gore Design also performed A and B1/B2 maintenance checks, incorporated 25 Boeing service bulletins and cleared an airworthiness directive.
After celebrating its 10th year with record sales of 19 aircraft, Boeing Business Jets has logged 30 sales since last year’s NBAA Convention, said Steve Hill, BBJ president, at a press conference here in the Georgia World Congress Center on Monday. Total value of the orders increased from $2.25 billion last year to $2.9 billion this year. Included in this total are 16 BBJs, two BBJ2s, three BBJ3s, two 747-8 VIPs and seven 787 VIPs.
Gore Design Completions received its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) for completion early last month. The manufacturer approved the San Antonio firm as an outfitter last fall. Gore might also take delivery of a second widebody project in the middle of next year.
Midcoast Aviation last month announced its intention to move into the “narrow-body” cabin completion business, marked by groundbreaking on a new 146,000-sq-ft hangar at its St. Louis Downtown Airport facility near St. Louis.