Boeing Business Jets Launches Widebody VIP Airplanes

17 Okt 2006 [23:56h]     Bookmark and Share

Boeing [NYSE: BA] Business Jets today announced it has won seven orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8.

ORLANDO – Undisclosed customers have ordered one 787-8, three 787-9 and three 747-8 airplanes specifically designated for the VIP market. These orders are already reflected on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website. Boeing does not reveal the identity of private owners at the request of its customers.

“Boeing has a long legacy of providing jets to the VIP market,” said Steven Hill, Boeing Business Jets President. “Boeing airplanes are renowned for their high reliability, comfort and advanced technology, and that reputation extends to the VIP market with the 787 and 747-8. We are thrilled with the continued success of the original Boeing Business Jets airplane family and the amazing market interest in our widebody jets.”

The VIP-configured 787-8 offers 2,404 square feet (223.3 square meters) of cabin space and a range of 9,590 nautical miles (17,760 km), while the VIP-configured 787-9 offers 2,762 square feet (256.6 square meters) of cabin space and a range of 9,950 nautical miles (18,425 km). This capability allows owners of the 787 VIP jet to fly anywhere in the world nonstop while carrying up to 75 passengers.

The VIP version of the 747-8 provides a cabin with 4,786 square feet (444.6 square meters). It can carry 100 passengers and fly up to 9,260 nautical miles (17,150 km). The airplane also is the fastest large-cabin business jet, capable of cruising at Mach 0.86.

Boeing delivers VIP airplanes in so-called “green” condition, meaning the airplane does not have interior furnishings or exterior paint. Customers then work with designers and interior completion centers to install an interior that exactly matches the owner’s preferences and needs. Typical interiors could include staterooms with ensuite bathrooms, dining areas, lounge areas, meeting rooms and private offices.

With the previously announced orders of 12 BBJs and the new widebody orders, the Boeing Business Jets sales team has won a total of 19 new airplane orders within the last 11 months — business valued at $2.25 billion at list prices.

In addition to the 737-based BBJs and the 787 and 747-8 VIP airplanes, Boeing Business Jets also offers VIP versions of the 767 and 777. Nearly 300 Boeing airplanes are in service in the VIP and business jet market.


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