A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Business Jet (BBJ) arrived today in Moscow for its first appearance at the 2003 MAKS International Aviation & Space Salon (Moscow Air Show) in Zhukovsky.
"We're excited to have a BBJ in Moscow," said Boeing Business Jets President Lee Monson. "The BBJ offers the perfect mix of comfort and performance to meet the needs of Russian businesses, the government and charter operators. Two BBJs are currently based in Russia with private owners, so this is a good opportunity to showcase the airplane for other potential operators."
The BBJ on display Aug. 19 and 20 features a lounge, dining area, executive office, bedroom and two lavatories. The versatility of the BBJ and the BBJ 2, based on the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 respectively, allows owners to create a unique environment for their specific needs -- whether for eight passengers or 100 passengers -- for private, corporate, or charter use, or for government transport.
More than 65 BBJs are in service worldwide. Roughly 38 percent of the customer base is in North America, with approximately 27 percent in the Middle East, 19 percent in Europe, 11 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, 4 percent in Africa and 1 percent in Latin America.
Approximately 15 percent of BBJ customers are from the corporate/business segment, 39 percent are private individuals or entrepreneurs, 32 percent are heads of state or government VIPs and 14 percent are in charter or fractional ownership programs.
Boeing and General Electric began the BBJ program in 1996 to respond to the demand for a larger, more capable business airplane that could fly more than 11,000 kilometers (6,000 nautical miles).
To learn more about the BBJ, visit www.boeing.com/bbj.