Boeing Business Jets has sold a BBJ Max 7 to Singapore company Seacons Trading. The order was announced at the Farnborough air show, where the next-generation version of the 737-derived BBJ was launched two years ago.
Although Seacons Trading chief executive Dudy Purwagandhi says the re-engined narrowbody was selected "because it offers more room and more range" than the company's current line-up, it is unclear if it will replace either the current BBJ or Gulfstream G550 it operates.
"The BBJ Max 7 has features and capability that allow us to meet our very long-distance and demanding international flights with the best passenger comfort in its class," adds Purwagandhi.
Green deliveries of the 7,000nm (12,950km)-range, CFM International Leap 1B-powered BBJ Max 7 are scheduled to begin in 2022, with Asian operator Orient Global Aviation the launch customer for the type.
Boeing says it has secured 20 orders for BBJ Max family. The line-up includes the -8 and -9 variants – the re-engined variants of the BBJ2 and BBJ3, which are earmarked for green delivery in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Boeing set up its dedicated division for business jets in 1996 and since then has taken 259 orders and delivered 233 aircraft.
Source: Flight International