A total of nearly 150 BBJ, BBJ2 and BBJ3 aircraft have entered service since 1999, triple the number forecast by the late Borge Boeskov, first president of Boeing Business Jets. A visionary salesman, it was he who pitched the idea of creating the private Boeing to then-Chairman Phil Condit. As Boeskov envisioned it, the BBJ would be a luxurious derivative of the Next Generation (NG) Boeing 737-700, modified to fly up 6,000+ nm. With Mach 0.78 to 0.80 cruise speeds and a top cruise altitude ...

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