Boeing Touts "Green" BBJ

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With delivery last week of its 100th "green" Boeing Business Jet, the company claimed success in selling empty, unpainted and largely unfinished aircraft (aesthetically, anyway) aircraft to customers -- 35 percent of whom are heads of state -- around the world. The program allows buyers to then "work with designers and interior completion centers to install an interior that exactly matches the owner's preferences and needs," according to the company. Boeing Business Jets' order book stands at 124 jets including 99 BBJs, 14 BBJ 2s , two BBJ 3s and nine widebody VIP airplanes. Aside from the wow factor, the BBJ offers a 6,000-nm range and 807 square feet of cabin space that is "nearly three times the interior space of competing models with similar range capability," according to Boeing ... and in our experience bests many one-bedroom New York City apartments.

Boeing claims that reaching the century mark in sales on the aircraft, introduced in 1996, "is an amazing testament to the BBJ's wide market appeal and the great work of the Boeing team members."