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​MEBAA: Orient Global first to sign for BBJ Max 7

Boeing Business Jets has landed its first customer for the BBJ Max 7 in the shape of Asian corporate operator Orient Global Aviation.

The Singapore-based airline was revealed as the first customer today by Boeing Business Jets president David Longridge at the MEBAA show in Dubai. The aircraft is due to be delivered green in 2021.

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Orient Global’s director of operations, Edan Oestreich (pictured above left with Longridge), says the company already operates a BBJ1 NG as well as a Global 5000 and an Airbus Helicopters Dauphin. “We’ve chosen the Max 7 to replace the BBJ1,” he says.

Oestreich says that Orient Global evaluated the rival Airbus ACJ models but chose the Boeing option because of its greater range and its “low cabin altitude” offering, which he believes is essential for very-long-range flights.

Longridge says he sees Orient Global as a very strong prospect to order its newly launched Skyview Panoramic Window, which is available from 2018.

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