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Boeing launches two varieties of globetrotting BBJ 777X
21 customers have now placed orders for the BBJ MAX family, including an undisclosed client at MEBAA. The latest addition, the BBJ 777X, is furthest flying and most spacious business jet available.
Boeing's longest range model is available as both the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9.

Boeing Business Jets has launched the BBJ 777X which can fly more than half way around the world without stopping, farther than any business jet ever built.

"Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination," says head of BBJ Greg Laxton. "The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other aircraft before it, redefining ultra-long range VIP travel."

Customers can choose between two models: the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9. The BBJ 777-8 offers the longest range of 11,645 nm and a spacious 3,256 sq ft cabin. The BBJ 777-9 provides an even larger cabin, measuring 3,689 sq ft, while still offering ultra-long range of 11,000 nm.

To demonstrate the versatility of the 777X's cabin, BBJ has unveiled interior concepts from three leading design firms: Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation and Unique Aircraft.

The Jet Aviation design, dubbed Shaheen meaning Royal White Falcon, blends modern and classic elements and renderings were displayed at the new aircraft's launch at MEBAA in Dubai.

The interior is designed to accommodate 43 passengers, plus a crew of eleven. It features forward thinking technologies grounded in Jet Aviation’s MRO and completions centre capabilities and expertise.

The interior concept takes advantage of the BBJ 777X’s size; and features lounges, a game and cinema area, a stately office, private work spaces, three guest bedrooms and a master suite that includes its own lounge, luxurious bedroom, spacious dressing/bathroom area and a very large shower and hammam.

“Like many contemporary homes, our design incorporates modern and traditional elements that are contrasted through the use of colours, materials and the general design intent,” explains director of design at the Jet Aviation Basel completions centre, Elisabeth Harvey. “This is intensified with extremely detailed, very light ceilings and sidewall treatments with patterns and traditional paneling structures, opposing the darker wood floor which replicates the ceiling pattern with fine marquetry inlays. Light sidewall and bulkhead treatments are balanced by minimalistic but colourful furniture with delicate detailing, such as engraving inlays and floral fabric inserts.

“Artwork, such as the balloon rabbit by Jeff Koons in the forward dining lounge column display and the deconstructed mirror by Matthias Kiss in the forward master lounge add to a playfulness throughout the interior. The result is a carefully orchestrated, playful and holistic combination of shapes, patterns and colours that brings our unique interior concept to life.”

Head of Boeing Business Jets Greg Laxton expressed appreciation for Jet Aviation’s commitment to the highest design and completion standards: “Jet Aviation Basel is a very well-known and highly regarded completions centre. Their interior concept for our new BBJ 777X is a compelling combination of a beautiful design and the latest technologies.”

“In addition to features such as weight and space optimisation through fiber optics and technology-integrated furniture, we incorporated forward-thinking concepts such as intelligent, digital LED lighting throughout the cabin, as well as OLED and Smart Glass technology on all the window panels, which allows the windows to be dimmed and virtual curtains or window shades to be displayed,” says Matt Woollaston, VP completions sales. “We envision these and many other advances to functionality will be seen in cabins of the future, including gesture- or voice-controlled features to offer an enhanced customer experience.”

At the recent MEBAA show in the Middle East, Boeing announced another order for its BBJ MAX family from an undisclosed customer, taking the total number of orders for the BBJ MAX to 21.

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