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New BBJ Premium Cabin and More! Inside the Business Jet Upgrades at NBAA-BACE

As NBAA-BACE starts in Las Vegas, Nevada, business jet manufacturers reveal new jets, new interiors, and new ways to take a private jet flight.  

Boeing Business Jets Unveils Premium Cabin Selections for VIP Jets

Boeing Business Jets Unveils Premium Cabin Selections for VIP Jets

The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Business Jets (BBJ) 737-7 now offers customers the option of customizing cabin interiors, reducing costs and accelerating delivery times. BBJ Select offers a wide selection of predesigned cabin layouts and configurations to streamline installation and lower total airplane costs.

Boeing revealed the new BBJ Select premium interiors at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas.

“Boeing Business Jets is offering customers a new, streamlined approach to designing a unique, comfortable, and functional interior for our BBJ 737-7 jet,” said BBJ President Joe Benson. “For customers who may not have the time or desire to create a fully bespoke interior, BBJ Select offers pre-designed options to outfit their cabin, which allows us to offer the jet at a very attractive, fixed price.”

Boeing Business Jet Cabin: A Home in the Skies with Guest Rooms, Family Rooms, and Offices

There are modules for every airplane section, including guest rooms, private offices, family rooms, and VIP seating configurations. In three different color palettes, BBJ Select offers 144 different modular cabin combinations to suit personal, business, and head-of-state aircraft needs.

Boeing collaborated with Aloft AeroArchitects and Greenpoint Technologies on the BBJ Select layouts. The OEM designs builds, and delivers fully outfitted VIP aircraft under one contract.

BBJ Select cabins are exclusively available for the BBJ 737-7, the newest BBJ 737 MAX family aircraft. BBJ 737-7 can fly passengers for more than 15 hours non-stop. It reduces fuel use and emissions compared to previous-generation business jets. The aircraft offers a world-spanning range, a more spacious cabin, and best-in-class operating economics. With better reliability and residual value than competitors, BBJs are ideal for daily flights.

The New Textron Citation CJ3 Gen2 Light Jet 

Citation CJ3 Gen2 Light Jet

Textron has a mock-up of the new Citation CJ3 Gen2 that is on show at the company’s static display at Henderson Executive Airport. Currently under development, the CJ3 Gen2 will enter service in 2025. 

A Textron Aviation Customer Advisory Board, comprised of owners, pilots, and mechanics, participated in the design. Their feedback was vital in every detailed enhancement in the aircraft, from cockpit to cabin.

The aircraft offers a proven and trusted avionics system with the latest Garmin G3000 software and hardware, including:

  • Garmin Autothrottles to reduce pilot workload and provide flight-envelope protection.
  • Optional Enhanced Vision System (EVS) to provide improved clarity and optimized situational awareness
  • Intuitive touchscreen interface
  • GDL60 for aircraft connectivity. This enables remote transmission of flight plans, automatic database updates, as well as wireless transmission of aircraft diagnostic data.

One of the most notable changes in the cockpit is an added 4.5 inches of legroom for the pilot. This allows a more comfortable and focused flight experience.

In the standard configuration, the Citation CJ3 Gen2 will offer seating for ten occupants. It has a maximum range of 2,040 nm and a maximum payload of 2,135 pounds.

New Business Jet Cabin Experience on Citation CJ3 Gen2

Citation CJ3 Gen2 business jet cabin.

Customers will note the change when they enter the Citation CJ3 Gen2. A new entryway step design, assist handle, and enhanced lighting for improved visibility provide comfort and ease. The fully customizable luxury interior allows customers to create their ideal environment for their mission — relaxation, innovation, or productivity.

In the Citation CJ3 Gen2, customers can choose between a fixed side-facing seat, a modern refreshment center for expanded cabinet storage, or a folding side-facing seat to carry an additional passenger or luggage. The aircraft also features an optional high-power outlet for a coffee machine, ice and trash storage, and a cabin master control switch panel.

Moving into the cabin, customers will experience:

  • New seats with base and floor tracking capability and optional swivel functionality
  • New RGB accent lights to personalize the cabin environment with changeable, ambient lighting
  • USB-C power at every seat, as well as wireless charging in the main cabin
  • Top-loading executive and slimline tables
  • Lighted side pockets for additional storage

In the rear of the aircraft, customers will appreciate the new CoolView skylights in the lavatory. They bring natural light into the space. The lav also features a new optional sink and vanity design with a dedicated water supply. For added convenience, the Citation CJ3 Gen2 includes an externally serviceable lavatory.

Textron announced flyExclusive is the launch customer for the new CJ3 Gen2 jet.

In 2022, flyExclusive, a private jet charter operator, modernized its fleet by ordering up to 44 new Textron Aviation aircraft. That included 30 CJ3+ light aircraft. flyExclusive operates a fleet of Cessna Citation jets, including Citation X, Citation Sovereign, Citation Excel/ XLS, Citation CJ3 /CJ3+, and Citation Encore / Encore+ aircraft models.  

“We are thrilled to announce flyExclusive as the fleet launch customer for the Citation CJ3 Gen2, the latest addition to the industry-leading Citation family,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations. “The CJ3 Gen2 is the ideal aircraft to enhance flyExclusive’s existing fleet, offering both passengers and pilots an elevated experience. With its proven performance, leading-edge technology, and unmatched cabin amenities, this aircraft reflects our commitment to innovation and excellence in aviation.”

“flyExclusive customers expect the best, and we believe the best planes money can buy are built and serviced by Textron Aviation,” said Jim Segrave, Founder, Chairman and CEO of flyExclsuive said. “We take pride in being the fleet launch customer for the Citation CJ3 Gen 2, building on our decades-long relationship with Textron Aviation. I am excited that our fractional customers will get to invest and travel in the top light jet in the world.”

Cirrus Celebrates 500th Vision Jet Delivery with Limited Edition Aircraft Liveries and Interiors. 

Timed around the NBAA-BACE buzz, Cirrus revealed Cirrus Aircraft’s Xi Design team created Five Limited Edition Vision Jet liveries to celebrate its 500th Vision Jet delivery.

Owners can choose from five exterior color options to complement the Obsidian Black and Vision Blue paint. Energetic graphic lines accentuate the movement and motion of the design on the exterior. The commemorative aircraft feature 500th Limited Edition branding throughout.

The interior features blues, grays, and carbon fiber. The crew seats feature heathered gray Alcantara with leather shoulder, and a headrest embroidered with a 500th edition emblem. The center of the seat is a cascade of diamond-patterned leather with stylistic perforations.

Non-Ownership Private Jet Service Rebrands in U.S.

There’s news for those who would rather hire than own their private jets. Vista Global Holding, a Dubai-based private jet services broker, will introduce a new brand for its portfolio: Vista America. The brand will represent U.S. private jet operators participating in Vista’s on-demand, subscription, and membership global flight services. Vista America will manage the Vista Members’ fleet in the United States for clients of VistaJet and XO. Vista’s operating partners in the United States include Jet Select, Western Air Charter, XOJET Aviation, and Red Wing Aviation. Vista has a non-controlling minority interest in these U.S. operating partners. Vista America will launch officially on November 1, 2023.

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