Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
737 Boeing Business Jet

Two 737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) special purpose aircraft joined the Air Force fleet in 2002. They have a crew of up to six (pilot and co-pilot and up to four crew attendants) and are capable of carrying up to 30 passengers.

The 737 BBJs have a range of 11,390 km enabling them to fly directly from Canberra to Hong Kong or Tokyo.

Based at Defence Establishment Fairbairn in Canberra, these aircraft are operated by Number 34 Squadron. Number 34 Squadron operates and crews the special purpose VIP fleet of BBJs and CL604 Challengers.

The BBJ combines the fuselage of the Boeing 737-700 aircraft with a strengthened aft section, and the centre-section, wing and landing gear of the 737-800 aircraft. Winglets are standard, affording 5 to 7 per cent reduction in cruise drag, resulting in 4 to 5 per cent increase in range.

Manufacturer Boeing
Role Special purpose aircraft
Crew Two pilots, and up to 4 crew attendants
Engine Two CFM International CFM56-7 turbofans (27,300 lbs each)
Airframe Length: 33.6 m height: 12.5 m
Wingspan 35.8m
Weight 77,565kg (max take-off), 60,781kg (max landing)
Speed 850km/h normal operations
Range 11,390km
Ceiling 41,000 feet
Capacity Seats 30 passengers