Boeing has started work on the first Boeing Business Jet 3 (BBJ3), they aim to pit it against the Gulfstream V. Launched in 2006 the fuselage of the first BBJ3 has been completed and is currently being prepared for a 2000-mile trip to the company’s Renton, Wash., final assembly facility. BBJ3 is the latest edition of Boeing’s 737-based business jets that include the original BBJ, the BBJ2 and the 737-700. Here are some vital stats:
– The BBJ3 is 138 feet and 2 inches long.
– 8 people can enjoy 1120 square feet of floor space.
– The bare plane will cost you $64.5 million plus additional $20 million will get you plush interiors.
– The plane uses the engines of the next-gen 737 plane which are more fuel efficient and emit less NOx.
– The integration of the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) allow pilots to take more direct routes and the plane can be ordered with carbon instead of steel brakes, which save about 700 pounds of weight.
Boeing claims that 8 BBJ3s have been ordered so far, in addition to 177 more orders for BBJs and wide-body VIP versions of the 747, 767, 777 and 787. Among Boeing’s customers are media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who owns one of those BBJs, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who own two Boeing 767 jets as well as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who has two 757 models.
The Gulfstream V jet reportedly can cost somewhere between $45 million and $90 million, which Apple apparently paid for Steve Jobs’ version.