Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has announced it is to offer a luxury version of the 737-8 aircraft from its MAX range, aviationweek.com reports.
Said to be making the move in response to ‘strong interest from customers’, Boeing will introduce the BBJ MAX 8 which will incorporate ‘advanced technology winglets’ that make a 1.5 per cent fuel saving, plus CFM International Leap-1B engines which save a further 13 per cent.
The resulting 14.5 per cent increased range – which equates to around 6,325 nautical miles – will enable non-stop journeys between London and Hong Kong or Los Angeles and Moscow, ainonline.com writes.
Commenting on the announcement, BBJ president Steve Taylor said: “We’re taking the increased efficiency of the [737-8] and turning it into a VIP aircraft with 600-700 miles more range with the same fuel. This is a radical step improvement, driven by an increased range that opens up many more city pairs.”
Although a price has not yet been set, it is thought that the majority of investors will be those who wish to upgrade their existing BBJ1s, based on the 737-700, which in some cases are 15 years old now.
“We anticipate the BBJ MAX 8 will be a very strong seller as a VIP aircraft and will likely capture a larger share of the market because it’s the right combination of performance, space and comfort,” Mr Taylor added.