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Boeing launches BBJ MAX family of jets after getting first order

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.

Boeing has launched the Boeing Business Jet MAX family of airplanes after receiving the first order from a customer, the company announced Wednesday.

Boeing is not disclosing the name of the customer.

The order is for the BBJ MAX 8, based on a 737 MAX 8, an updated 737 commercial jet with new engines, winglets and other improvements.

It’s a business jet with a range of 6,325 nautical miles.

Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the fuselage to the 737 and will do the same for the 737 MAX.

“We are honored that an existing BBJ customer has become the first to select the BBJ MAX,” Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets, said in a statement. “The BBJ MAX provides more room, longer range and emits fewer emissions than its nearest competition, making it an ideal choice for today’s BBJ customers.”

The new BBJ family also will include the BBJ MAX 9, based on the 737 MAX 9, and is expected to offer a 6,255-nautical mile range. Plans for a BBJ MAX 7 are being studied.

Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule, the company said. First flight is expected in 2016, with deliveries to commercial airline customers starting in 2017.

Boeing has taken orders for more than 1,900 737 MAX jets from 37 customers.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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