- Boeing Business Jets launched its new BBJ 777X private jet on Monday at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- The BBJ 777X is the private-jet version of the next-generation Boeing 777X airliner.
- Boeing unveiled the BBJ 777X with a trio of interior-design concepts from Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design.
- The Boeing 777-8 has a list price of $US394.9 million, while the larger 777-9 costs $US425.8 million; the cost does not include a custom interior.
- The Boeing 777-9 is expected to enter service in 2020, and the 777-8 is expected to follow soon after.
The upcoming Boeing 777X has some big shoes to fill. The new wide-body is set to be Boeing’s next flagship and the replacement for the iconic 747 jumbo jet.
And now there will be a private-jet version of the airliner.
On Monday, Boeing Business Jets launched the BBJ 777X at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination,” Greg Laxton, the head of Boeing Business Jets, said in a statement. “The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other aeroplane before it, redefining ultra-long-range VIP travel.”
Since 1996, BBJ has been turning Boeing’s commercial airliners into opulent private jets for the world’s wealthy elite.
BBJ doesn’t sell many planes, with just 261 orders in company history, but the aircraft it does turn out are works of flying art.
In addition to the 777X, BBJ has developed private-jet versions of the 737, the 787 Dreamliner, and the 747.
Here’s a closer look at the new BBJ 777X:
The BBJ 777X is based on the new Boeing 777X airliner.
Like the commercial version, the BBJ 777X will be available in both the 777-8 and the larger 777-9 variants.
Boeing says the BBJ 777-8 has a range of 13,400 miles, while the BBJ 777-9 can go for up to 12,700 miles. That’s several thousand miles farther than the airliner versions of the planes can fly.
Boeing says the BBJ 777X is the longest-range private jet ever made, meaning flights from Sydney to London or Seattle to Dubai are possible.
Power comes from GE’s massive GE9X engine, which it says returns 5% lower fuel consumption than rival powerplants while significantly lowering emissions.
The 777X boasts a 236-foot wingspan, along with a cabin that’s 7.9 feet tall and nearly 20 feet wide.
The 777-9 is 33 feet longer than the 777-8. The 777-8 boasts 3,256 square feet of interior space, while the 777-9 has 3,689 square feet, or about as much as a large suburban home — a very luxurious suburban home.
Boeing showed off interior concepts for the 777X from three firms. The first, from Jet Aviation, opens with a stylish entryway.
To the right of the entryway is a massive lounge …
… which borders a stylish dining room …
… and a bar.
At the back of the interior is a large master suite, complete with a master bath and closet.
Next up is the interior concept by Unique Aircraft Design. Here’s the entryway.
To the right is an open lounge.
Toward the back of the plane is the dining room, near a compartment of first- and business-class seats.
To the immediate left of the entryway is the office.
Toward the front of the plane is the master bedroom …
… and master bath.
Finally, there’s a design from Greenpoint Technologies. Here’s the entryway.
To the right and left of the entrance are lounge areas.
Each lounge is divided with various furnishings.
Behind the main lounge is a guest bedroom …
… complete with a sitting area.
The Greenpoint design’s highlight is the master suite at the back of the plane.
It has a large, plush bed.
Behind the bed is a full walk-in closet.
Here’s another look at that amazing closet.
Behind the closet is the master bath.
It features a standalone shower and stone floors.
There are also separate vanities.
BBJ did not say how much the custom interiors would cost, but it’s safe to say it would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Boeing 777-8 has a list price of $US394.9 million. The larger 777-9 costs $US425.8 million.
The Boeing 777-9 is expected to enter service in 2020, with the 777-8 following soon after.
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