Boeing yesterday celebrated the fly-away of the first BBJ MAX airplane.

Greg Laxton, Head of Boeing Business Jets, commented: “We are excited to see the first BBJ Max come to life and fly through the development milestones. In the past few weeks, the airplane has achieved factory rollout, first flight, multiple certifications, and now fly-away.”

The first airplane, a BBJ MAX 8, will now be fitted with an auxiliary fuel tank, which will enable the new owner to fly up to 6,640 nautical miles (12,297 km) in a standard configuration.

“The BBJ MAX will be able to connect distant cities like a widebody commercial jet. It’s one of the reasons why this game-changing airplane outsold the competition four to one last year,” said Laxton.

Customers from around the world have placed orders for nearly 20 BBJ MAX airplanes, including all three models: the BBJ MAX 7, BBJ MAX 8, and BBJ MAX 9. The first delivery is set for later this year.

The Boeing Business Jet MAX – based on the new 737 MAX airplane family – is designed with more fuel-efficient engines, improved aerodynamics, and advanced systems. The new technology allows all three models of the family to fly farther and have lower operating costs than its predecessors, Boeing says.

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