Boeing rolled out the first ultra-long-range Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) from its Renton factory on 26 July, two weeks later than planned. The aircraft, which combines the fuselage of the Next Generation 737-700 with the wing and landing gear of the larger and heavier 737-800, is to make its maiden flight by "early September". Boeing has booked 35 orders for the $34 million BBJ to date and will receive the first aircraft in 1999 for use as a demonstrator. The aircraft is expected to make its debut at the National Business Aircraft Association show in Las Vegas in mid-October.

Source: Flight International