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There will be a total of 24 seats on the plane, just like the Fokker 70 currently in service. Total consideration is expected to be 92.7 million ($98.4 million) with shipment scheduled for 2019. As one of the demands on the new plane is that it can fly non-stop to all parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, even the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean.
Following the publication of a call for tenders last year, four replies were submitted, but none fulfilled all the requirements - prompting the Netherlands to start negotiating a BBJ with Boeing. In the meantime, the present Dutch governing plane has been resold to the Australian Fokker 70 carrier Alliance Airlines for 3.7 million euros.
King Willem-Alexander, who also flew the Fokker 70, will be one of the drivers for the new passenger-carriage.
The MAX 7 could be the premier BBJ model.
At LABACE, Boeing Commercial Jets will be exhibiting its product portfolio of commercial and executive jets in the very large area. Offering a variety of business/ government/VVIP model vehicles derived from the company's 737, 747, 777 and 787 airplanes, the producer has made significant disposals, particularly to public transportation authorities and wealthy private customers.
Boeing has since 1996 shipped 250 planes to the VIP/Corporate transportation markets, of which 224 have been shipped. An overwhelming majority belonged to the BBJ series, which is built on the next generation 737-700 (BBJ), 737-800 (BBJ2) and 737-900ER (BBJ3) planes. Marketing effort is now focusing on the BBJ 737 MAX derivate, equipped with CFM International Leap 1B powerplants and state-of-the-art anvionics.
The MAX and its new technology offers significant fuelefficiency gains over the next-generation 737 series. The BBJ range, based on the latest 737 MAX model, was introduced in April 2014, when Boeing Business Jets heralded the launch of a BBJ MAX 8, which will be shipped to the customer's designated completions centre next year.
An order for the first of the longer BBJ MAX 9s was placed in June 2015, starting this programme. Youngest member of the range is the BBJ MAX 7 which was presented at the NBAA last October. Boeing in December reported that it had its first client, an unknown purchaser in the Asia-Pacific area.
BIoeing forecasts that its latest release will eventually generate most of its revenues in a segment where reachability is an important consideration, just as the 700 series BBJ sold out the -800 and -900ER series. BBJ MAX 7 is built on a shorter MAX 8 cell instead of the light MAX 7 and is 35.
Boeing recently heralded the sales of two BBJ2 ( plus one 737-800 standard) to the Polish authorities and a BBJ to the Netherlands for state tasks. In comparison to the later MAX series, the BBJ provides significantly faster supply times for those who need fast airplanes.
With Boeing Business Jets already delivering 747-400, 757 and 767 jets to the very large OEM markets, the company is now focusing on new orders for 777, 787 and 747-8 OEMs, of which 11, 16 and nine have been ordered.