October 29, 2012
Boeing Business Jets to offer the BBJ MAX
Boeing announced its intent to offer the BBJ MAX 8 and the BBJ MAX 9 in the large cabin ultra-long-range business jet market. The announcement was made at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference in Orlando, Fla. The BBJ MAX 8, based on the 737 MAX 8, will be the first member of the BBJ MAX family to take advantage of the efficiency of CFM International’s new LEAP-1B engines and the Boeing developed Advanced Technology winglet. The new engine and Advanced Technology winglet will provide customers with a 13% fuel-use improvement. Together, these features will translate to a range of 6,325 nautical miles – a more than 14% increase over today’s BBJ 2 that will be validated in final configuration and flight test. The BBJ MAX 8 will share the same cabin size with today’s BBJ 2, offering customers a 19-foot longer cabin and three times the cargo space of today’s BBJ. Boeing also intends to develop the plan for the BBJ MAX 9 based on the 737 MAX 9. Similar performance improvements are anticipated, offering a 6,255 nm range with an even larger cabin than the BBJ MAX 8. Plans for a BBJ MAX 7 are being studied.