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This new version is built on the redesigned 737 MAX 7, which Boeing introduced at the latest Farnborough air show, and will be available as a BBJ from 2022. That means the maximal reach can be achieved with only seven belly-mounted booster refuelling bunkers instead of the nine currently needed, resulting in an 85% enlargement of the lower luggage compartment.
As the newer models become available, Boeing has launched a new All Access Pass programme that will make it easy to buy second-hand airplanes for 500,000 US dollars, which are attracting particularly strong interest in China. "We' re paying a lot of heed to the used BBJ segment, because when airplanes are hard to buy, that means salvage value and the funding of new airplanes we want to buy is affected," says Longridge.
It will also strengthen awareness of the markets and'the capacity to attract new clients who have never flew a Boeing before', he added. It includes no additional costs for engineering assistance, a 10-year IP royalty-free period, a one-year set of operational and service records, and BBJ operation and repair education opportunities.
Boeing has also overseen the design of "power-by-the-hour" bundles, "so that a prospective carrier considering switching to an airplane of this magnitude has a high degree of trust in what it will be paying to run the aircraft," he states.
Boeing Business Jets received a total of 239 orders for all the different models and 217 deliveries, of which 164 and 162 are bbj.