Boeing launches 'longest range' 777X business jet

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The 9999th Boeing 737-800 aircraft prepares to take off from the company's Seattle airfield in the state of Washington, the United States, March 24, 2018. [Photo / Xinhua]

U.S. top aircraft manufacturer Boeing Company (Boeing) Monday launched the longest-range 777X business jet for VIP clients that can fly more than half of the world without stopovers.

Boeing said the latest variant of 777 will have two models: the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9, and that the BBJ 777-8 offers the longest range of 11,645 nautical miles (21,570 km) with a spacious cabin of about 303 square meters.

According to a Boeing statement, the BBJ 777-9 has a shorter range of 11,000 nautical miles (20,370 km) but a larger cabin of about 343 square meters than the 777-8 model.

Boeing is scheduling the first flight of the twin-engined ultra-long-haul 777X business jet for early next year.

Boeing displayed the interior cabin concepts from three leading design firms -- Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design, which can be transformed to meet the customized tastes of any VIP client.

The U.S. top aircraft maker rolled out its latest long haul business jet at Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai, the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates Monday.

"Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination. The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other airplane before it, redefining ultra-long range VIP travel," said Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, at the bi-annual event.

Boeing Business Jets, founded in 1996, has delivered a total of 236 airplanes since its launch. 

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