Boeing’s first 737 MAX 7 business jet has been spotted in Renton, WA, in preparation for delivery to its lucky new owner. The jet’s appearance marks the latest addition to Boeing’s BBJ stable.
Boeing asks around $US91 million for a fly-ready BBJ 737 MAX 7 – that’s before the buyer installs their bespoke cabin fit-out. In 2018, Singapore-based Seacons Trading Ltd was the first confirmed buyer of a BBJ MAX 7.
“We already operate a BBJ NG as well as a G550, and we’ve chosen the BBJ MAX 7 because it offers more room and more range. The BBJ MAX 7 has features and capability that allow us to meet our very long distance and demanding international flights with the best passenger comfort in its class,” said CEO Dudy Purwagandhi at the time.
Attempts to contact Seacon to confirm this is their plane have been unsuccessful.
MAX 7 BBJ a leap forward on previous generation BBJs
The MAX 7 BBJ takes the best features of the older generation BBJs and builds on them. The MAX 7 BBJ will have a 8,053 mile (12,960 kilometer) range, with 10% lower operating costs than the original BBJ while having a longer cabin and more under-floor baggage space.
Because of its new, more fuel-efficient LEAP-1B engines, the BBJ MAX 7 has reduced fuel burn and emissions and requires less cargo volume to be reserved for auxiliary fuel tanks, irrespective of flight length.
“The BBJ MAX 7 is an exceptional business jet, and we know our customers will be thrilled with the airplane,” said David Longridge, President of Boeing Business Jets. “The 8,000-mile range will connect key city pairings that were previously not possible in a BBJ, and increased cabin and cargo space makes this an unbeatable business jet.”
“The BBJ MAX 7 inherits all of the features of the already launched BBJ MAX 8 and BBJ MAX 9, including an updated flight deck, improved aerodynamics, and a reduced noise profile. Despite being larger and more capable than the current BBJ, the new MAX 7 has the lowest operating costs of any Boeing Business Jets aircraft.
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A step up from flying commercial
With a cabin size 884 square feet, the BBJ MAX 7 is a relative bargain to operate, costing just over US$3,000 per hour. In contrast, an older style Boeing 747 business jet costs a cool US$13,000 an hour to operate.
Boeing’s MAX 7 BBJ may have rolled off the production line. But Boeing only delivers the planes fly-ready. The planes then get sent to a completion center that will outfit the passenger cabin to the buyer’s specifications.
While individual preferences vary, standard BBJ cabin inclusions include bedrooms, office space, galleys, eating and entertainment zones, bathrooms, and showers.
With a cabin space of 884 square feet, buyers and designers have plenty of room to work with. The total length of the cabin is 26.11 meters (or 1.93 meters longer than comparable older generation 737 BBJs).
“We are in active discussions with more than ten customers for the BBJ MAX 7, and we are just getting started,” said Mr Longridge. “We are very confident that the BBJ MAX 7 will be a very successful business jet.”