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Boeing Business Jet (Boeing BBJ)
Boeing 737-7AH (BBJ) - N888TY - Boeing Business Jet
2000 Boeing 737-7AH (BBJ)
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Photo taken August 2010 @ Dupage Airport, Chicago, IL - USA (DPA / KDPA)
Photo © Marcel Siegenthaler

The Boeing Business Jet series are variants of Boeing airliners for the corporate jet market, initially the 737 series airliners. This aircraft usually seats between 25 and 50 passengers within a luxurious configuration. This may include a master bedroom, a washroom with showers, a conference/dining area, and a living area. The Boeing Business Jet is a 50/50 partnership between Boeing Commercial Airplanes and General Electric.

The latest versions of the BBJs include configurations based on the Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. Limited details of these models and configurations are available on the BBJ website.


The Boeing BBJ is primarily a 737 commercial airframe with modifications to provide for private jet service. The BBJ1 is based on a 737-700 airframe, with elements from the 737-800. The BBJ2 and BBJ3 are based on the 737-800 and 737-900ER series, respectively. All models include changes to the airframe regardless of the BBJ series.

Changes from the normal 737 include:

  • Blended winglets for additional fuel economy (5-7% improvement)
  • Self-contained airstairs for landing at airports with limited ground support
  • Additional fuel tanks, for intercontinental range
  • ETOPS-180 certification

After the launch of the BBJ, Airbus followed suit with the launch of their Airbus ACJ derived from their A319 commercial airframe. They have also launched the larger A320 and A321 Prestige and the smaller A318 Elite. Other competitors at the smaller end of the market include the Embraer Lineage, the Bombardier Global Express and the Gulfstream G550.


Narrow-body models

  • BBJ or less frequently, BBJ1 is based on the 737-700, and formed the basis for the 737-700ER. This was the initial variant. In U.S. Air Force service, this is known as the C-40B Clipper.
  • BBJ2 is based on the 737-800.
  • BBJ3 is based on the 737-900ER.
  • BBJ C is a variant of the BBJ featuring the "quick change" capabilities of the 737-700C. This allows the aircraft to be used for executive duty during one flight, and to be quickly reconfigured for cargo duty for the next flight.

Wide-body models

  • 747 VIP: version of the 747-8 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. There are currently seven orders for this aircraft. The VIP 747 is delivered by BBJ in a "green" condition, meaning there are no interior furnishings so that the owner can design it to personal preference. This plane has a range of 9,260 nm.
  • 777 VIP: version of the 777 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. Two have been produced to date.
  • 787 VIP: version of the 787-8/-9 ordered by the Boeing Business Jet division. There are eight orders for this aircraft. As with the 747, the VIP 787 is delivered by BBJ in a "green" condition. The -8 has a range of 9,590 nm and the -9 has a range of 9,950 nm.


State VIP users

Argentine Air Force (1 order)

Royal Australian Air Force (2) leased
No. 34 Squadron RAAF

Belarus Air Force (1)

Colombian Air Force (1)

Dominican Republic
Dominican Air Force (1)

Indian Air Force (3)

Presidency (1)

Royal Malaysian Air Force (1)

Nigerian Air Force (1)

South Africa
South African Air Force (1)

Republic of Tunisia Government (1)

Royal Jet (5)


Measurement BBJ1
Crew 4
Capacity 8–63
Length 33.63 m (110 ft 4 in)
Wingspan 35.79 m (117 ft 5 in)
Height 12.57 m (41 ft 3 in)
Weight empty 42,895 kg (94,570 lb)
Maximum take-off weight 77,560 kg (171,000 lb)
Maximum landing weight
Maximum speed 890 km/h (481kt, Mach 0.82)
Range 11,480 km (6,200 nm) 8 passengers;

11,075km (5980nm) 25 passengers; 10,205km (5510nm) 50 passengers

Service Ceiling 12,496 m (41,000 ft)
Rate of climb (Unknown)
Wing loading (Unknown)
Thrust-to-weight 0.52:1
Powerplants 2 × CFM International CFM56-7 turbofans
Thrust 117.4 kN (26,400 lb)
Last updated September 07, 2010
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