Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Fifteen Years Of Converting Airliners To Corporate
Boeing marked the 15th anniversary of Boeing Business Jets
(BBJ) last Friday with the delivery of a BBJ to Deer Jet Airlines
of Beijing. This is the third of four BBJs for the airline.
(L-R) Deer Jet Engineers Li Xueming; Wang Yaoming; Wang
Haitao and Li Jin. BBJ Photo
While representatives from Deer Jet were in Seattle to take
delivery of their new BBJ, they joined dozens of current and former
BBJ employees to celebrate the program's 15-year anniversary. Zhang
Zhi, president of Deer Jet Airlines, said the proven success of the
BBJ is why his company is adding another one.
"We've been so pleased with the comfort and performance of our
first BBJ, we're thrilled to take delivery of our newest airplane,"
"Fifteen years after entering the business jet market as a bit
of a niche player, Boeing Business Jets has grown to be an industry
leader," said Steve Taylor, BBJ president. "We offer more space,
more comfort and more utility than any of the traditional business
jet manufacturers and back it up with some of the industry's best
reliability and product support."
Boeing and General Electric launched the joint venture in July
1996 with the BBJ, a 737-700 modified for corporate and VIP
applications. As the demand for even larger business jets grew, so
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