The BBJ 777X Flies (And Folds!)

Boeing unveiled their longest range VVIP business jet to date this week at MEBAA (Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association) – the BBJ 777X. The impressive aircraft can connect any two points in the world non-stop.

The BBJ 777X will be the longest range business jet in the world. Image: Boeing Business Jets

The BBJ 777X will be the longest range business jet in the world. Image: Boeing Business Jets

BBJs are known as the giants of the business aviation world – private jets made from existing Boeing airliner frames.

Boeing’s Business Jets Division has delivered 234 aircraft since it launched in 1996. The Boeing 737 Max and 787 Dreamliner are the current offerings in the family.

As the BBJ is quite popular in the Middle East, MEBAA was a great choice of venue to unveil the latest addition to the Boeing family.

Customers will have two variants to choose from: the $360.5M BBJ 777-8 with a maximum range of 11,645 nautical miles and a spacious 3,256 sq ft (302.5 sq m) cabin. Or for those wanting even more space, but slightly less range, the $388.7M BBJ 777-9 offers 3,689 sq ft (342.7 sq m) of cabin with a range of 11,000nm.

But the 777X’s extra-long composite wing is what’s making the biggest headlines (at least among our AvGeek colleagues!) Boeing increased the wingspan to 235 ft, giving the aircraft optimum takeoff capability, reducing thrust, and increasing initial cruise altitudes.

The only snag? The aircraft would struggle to fit through existing facilities and gates made to fit the 777’s previous models.

But Boeing’s engineers came up with an innovative solution – folding wingtips. The 12 foot long section at the end of each wing can be retracted on the ground, then extended again for take-off, with locking pins preventing them from folding during flight. Take a look at how it works:

BBJ Director of Marketing Alex Fecteau said of the innovation, “It’s a very simple mechanism. The only connection that goes outboard is a wire for lights; no other electrics, hydraulics, or plumbing.”

As you’d expect, the BBJ 777X cabin experience is second to none – the tallest and widest available in the market with a main deck as big as a 747, and extra large windows which are only surpassed by the 787.

It also employs the Smooth Ride technology developed for the 787, which dampens turbulence by responding to pressure readings from the cockpit and adjusting the fly-by-wire flight controls accordingly.

The master bathroom in one of the BBJ 777X interior concepts. Image: Greenpoint Technologies.

The master bathroom in one of the BBJ 777X interior concepts. Image: Greenpoint Technologies.

Because of the huge amount of space, interior design options are virtually unlimited. At MEBAA, Boeing showed off three concepts from three leading design firms: Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design.

While the three concepts were impressive, Boeing pointed out that the BBJ 777X can be custom configured to fit any VVIP customer’s taste.

Jet Aviation’s concept, Shaheen (meaning “royal white falcon”), can accommodate up to 43 passengers plus 11 crew and features lounges; a game and cinema area; a state office; offices; and a master suite with spacious dressing and bathroom area; plus three extra guest bedrooms.

The enormous cabin space allows the BBJ Max to include a large dining room. Image: Jet Aviation

The enormous cabin space allows the BBJ Max to include a large dining room. Image: Jet Aviation

Greenpoint’s design, “Lotus,” features a more open plan design, unusually attaching design elements to the floor in free space, to showcase the size of the cabin area.

Unique Aircraft Design offers a modern luxe interior with rich tones of gold and grey.

The BBJ 777X airliner is now nearing certification for the commercial market, with the debut BBJ 777X expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021.

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