The Boeing Business Jet is the product of a Boeing and General Electric joint venture to create a high performing aircraft. The first BBJ surprised customers and manufacturers by selling more than ever expected. Introduced in 2006, the ultra-long range BBJ3 is the largest in the family of Business Jets. It is based on the 737-900ER (Extended Range) airliner.
Capable of traveling large legs, the BBJ3 has a strong powerhouse. It is powered by two General Electric/ Snecma (CFMI) CFM56-7B27 engines. Each produces 27,300 lbs of thrust. 5,475 nautical-mile trips, 275nm less than the BBJ2.
The cockpit of the BBJ3 comes fitted with Honeywell’s digital avionics system with triple IRS and dual digital air data computers. The panel is centered around six large screen EFIS LCD displays. The BBJ2’s technologically advanced cockpit includes dual FMS, dual Rockwell Collins Series 900 VHF comm/nav with DME, HF comms, ADF, GPS, MLS and WXR-700X weather radar. Newer models also offer Flight Dynamics HGS 2000 HUD.
In regards to design, the BBJ3 closely resembles the B737: its low swept wing, under-wing engines, vertical fin and retractable tricycle landing gear. Making corporate, long-range missions possible, the BBJ2 utilizes eight auxiliary fuel tanks.
Probably the best feature of the BBJ3 is its pronounced interior accommodations. The BBJ3’s cabin measures 107.3 feet long (9 feet longer that the BBJ2), 11.7 feet wide and 7.1 feet tall. To get an idea of the size of this cabin, it can seat sixty passengers in a high-density configuration. However, it is optimized for eight passengers, giving them plenty of extra space. The lavish interior features lounges, distinctive conference areas, a large lavatory with a shower, and comfortable sleeping accommodations. Long missions utilize a separate relief crew lounge. With a total cabin volume of 1,119 cubic feet, this aircraft gives most apartments a run for their money.
Based off not one but two successful jets, the B737 and BBJ, the Boeing Business Jet 3 offers competitive range, speed and operating systems in an equally large package, even larger than its predecessor (BBJ2). This ultra-long range corporate jet is ideal for businesses that require frequent but productive trips, offering the tools and space to work on the road. However, it is just as desirable to individuals who wish to travel large.