The Boeing Co. says the efficiency of some of its planes is boosting a different kind of customer interest in its aircraft, including the North Charleston-based 787s.
A division called Boeing Business Jets has sold up to four premium long-range jets to undisclosed “VIP customers.” Orders include two 787-8 Dreamliners, one 737-7 and an option for a 777-9.
The company announced the order during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Switzerland, according to a news release. The price for the planes was not divulged.
"With the right combination of comfort, performance and best-in-class operating economics, the BBJ family offers VIP customers all the features they are looking for in a business jet," Joe Benson, Boeing Business Jets president, said in the news release. "Designed on the platforms of Boeing's best-selling commercial airframes, customers recognize the value in operating the most reliable and capable jets in world."
Equipped with the latest innovations and technologies of Boeing's commercial airplanes, the enhanced environmental performance of the BBJ family reduces fuel use compared to previous generations of each aircraft, the release said. The jets provide customers with a unique combination of globe-spanning range, efficiency and passenger comfort.
The BBJ 787 Dreamliner delivers fuel savings with a range up to 9,945 nautical miles. Along with improved environmental performance, the Dreamliner's lower cabin altitude, increased cabin air humidity and advanced smooth ride technology to counter the effects of turbulence, work together to enhance passenger comfort, the release said.