Boeing 787-8: New Ride For The Uber-Elite

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A 787 VIP luxo-cruiser? If you happen to fall on the right side of the CEO-to-employee pay gap, Boeing has got a deal for you. On January 30, the company announced at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Dubai concepts of a VIP version of the in-development Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The luxury version (dubbed the 787-8) will offer 2,404 sq ft of cabin space riding a 9,590-nm range, according to the company. And for those who really want the best, Boeing offers the 787-9, which ups available square footage to 2,762 and boosts the range to 9,950 miles. While potential customers check their bank accounts, they can rest assured that any orders now placed will fall behind five yet undisclosed customers with orders already in line for the bizliner. The first commercial version of the mostly composite 787 is scheduled to make its maiden flight later this year. "A Boeing 787 VIP affords its owner complete accommodation," said Steven Hill, president of Boeing Business Jets. "787 VIP owners can fly anywhere in the world nonstop" and "have amenities and a cabin environment that allow passengers to be completely comfortable and productive."