BBJ 787-8 Steals the Show at EBACE

Boeing’s executive Dreamliner, the BBJ 787-8, is displayed outside at EBACE. Pia Bergqvist

This year’s EBACE static display is breaking records with the biggest airplane yet to be parked in the area outside the Palexpo convention center at the Geneva Cointrin International Airport. The BBJ 787-8, Boeing’s executive Dreamliner, is the largest airplane to have been on display at any NBAA-sponsored event, said Boeing Business Jets president David Longridge.

The V-VIP interior was completed at Greenpoint Technologies’ facilities in Moses Lake, Washington, and was a collaboration between Greenpoint, BBJ, Pierrejean Design Studios and Kestrel Aviation Management. The airplane flew the approximate 5,000 nm from Moses Lake to Geneva direct.

With seating for up to 40 passengers, the airplane has a beautifully designed cabin with neutral earth tones highlighted with shiny metal accents and recessed lighting. With a 6,500-foot cabin, extra soundproofing, more than a dozen berthable seats, dedicated dining and lounge areas and much more, BBJ 787-8 passengers are likely to arrive at their destination well rested, even if the trip approaches the 16-plus hour range. The interior also includes 55-inch flat-screen monitors for entertainment or business use.

While not at the EBACE static display, the VIP version of the Airbus A350, the ACJ350 XWB, also showed up in Geneva this week for availability to prospective customers.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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