More good news for business aviation this week. The re-engined business jet 737 Max is to be expanded with a new variant – the BBJ Max, targeted at VIP Business Jet customers.
The president of Boeing Business Jets, says: “We are working with several existing customers and one would like to be the launch customer for that aircraft.” The plans come in response to the view that the target customers are looking for shorter lead times.
It looks as though the CFM International Leap-1B-powered Max will start production in 2017.
Boeing Business Jets said that the BBJ 2 Max – the VIP equivalent of the 737-8 – will offer a potential range of 6,200nm (11,470km). It also hopes to sell three former 787-8 test aircraft to the VIP market. Although it has 12 VIP 787s in its backlog, delivery will not begin until 2014.