737 Boeing Business Jet

Air Force has a fleet of two Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft, which were introduced in 2002. They are part of the Special Purpose Aircraft fleet, operated by No. 34 Squadron from Defence Establishment Fairbairn in the Australian Capital Territory.

The BBJs provide an agile transport capability that can carry Government and staff within Australia and overseas. The aircraft has seating, a meeting room, working space, and communications facilities.

The use of Air Force Special Purpose Aircraft allows Government to attend international forums and conduct state visits easily, thus ensuring Australia is represented on the world's stage.

The BBJ complement the smaller CL604 Challengers also operated by No. 34 Squadron.

About the Aircraft

The BBJ has a crew of up to six (pilot, co-pilot, and up to four crew attendants) and is capable of carrying up to 30 passengers.

It has a range of 11,390 km which enables it to fly directly from Canberra to Hong Kong or Tokyo.

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

Specifications

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