Boeing Business Jets celebrates Chinese completion at ABACE
Boeing Business Jets celebrated the completion of Nanshan Jets’ first BBJ at ABACE 2013 in Shanghai.
“The Nanshan Group is an excellent example of a customer who understands the unique capabilities of the Boeing Business Jet and how this airplane addresses the needs of emerging Chinese global business,” said Captain Steven Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets. “As Nanshan expands their businesses into even more international markets, the BBJ’s size, range and comfort is the right tool to help their business grow.”
Taylor and Yu Bin, chairman of Nanshan Aviation Development Company, met on board a BBJ on display at the show with Gary Locke , US Ambassador to China and former Washington State Governor.
“I flew on a Boeing Business Jet from Seattle to China 10 years ago when we celebrated 30 years of Boeing doing business in China,” said Gary Locke , US Ambassador to China. “It’s like flying in a house. It’s so spacious and comfortable. I can’t imagine making that long of a trip in a smaller business jet.”
Nanshan Jet’s BBJ is the first BBJ for a Chinese customer designed with a traditional business jet interior that includes a bedroom suite with a queen-size bed and seating for 28 passengers. The airplane was completed by Lufthansa Technik’s US subsidiary, BizJet, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Boeing Business Jets is anticipating a big year in Asia in 2013. Three of seven BBJs scheduled to enter service this year with completed VIP interiors (including Nanshan Jet’s BBJ) are for customers in Asia.
Photograph (left to right) Yu Bin, chairman of Nanshan Aviation Development Company, Gary Locke, US Ambassador to China, Captain Steve Taylor, president, BBJ, He Li, vice chairman, Nanshan Aviation Development Company (Lydia Luo Photo)