Boeing’s latest business jets are changing the face of travel, and they’re also customisable. By Gayatri Moodliar
If it’s not the destination that counts but the journey, then Boeing has made headway through and through with their latest offering: A fully equipped, think supreme comfort, business jet that can be uniquely customised to suit the preferences of customers, the BBJ 777X. But the real kicker is that it’ll have the range to complete a journey halfway around the world without stopping, a feat it claims to be the first to achieve with a business jet.
Offering up two models to high-flyers, the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9, both have a range that crosses 20,000 km, but the latter’s cabin size is slightly larger and has an array of interior options to choose from. Boeing has tied up with a few design firms to put out some prospective renderings and all of them exude luxury. The jets will include dining rooms and lounge areas along with designated business areas and a private space.
“Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination. The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other airplane before it, redefining ultra-long range VIP travel,” said Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, at the bi-annual Middle East Business Aviation Association Show (MEBAA), a forum for leading companies to display their latest products.
According to Forbes, the price for the BBJ 777-8 is $442.8 million and the BBJ 777-9 is $453.6 million. And this won’t include the additional cost of designing the interior.