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20 referred to as green configuration— and arranges for the installation of a long-range, auxiliary fuel system. But that’s the beginning of Boeing’s involvement. The team of about two dozen BBJ employees helps customers negotiate the full process of becoming a business-jet owner, from conception to installation—a stage that can take up to two years to complete. “BBJ is a one-stop shop for our customers,” said Mark Garvin, a completions manager working for BBJ at Boeing Field. “We guide our customers through everything from the contract to the customized interior completion process to in-service field issues. This level of personalized service allows our customers to feel like their specific needs are being catered to and taken seriously.” Garvin said the team approaches each day with an open mind to meet customer requests that can range from standard charter-like operations to full-size living spaces, including theaters and staterooms. While the completion center works up the design concept, the Boeing business-jet team handles practical considerations. “Commercial aircraft are not designed with customized interiors in mind—they are designed for airlines,” said Anders Brown, airplane configuration and integration engineer with BBJ. “It is our job at BBJ to make sure that these highly customized features are safe to install in our aircraft.” The team has had many engineering challenges over the years, from installing an interior wall made of plants to adding a customized window that is more than three times the width and more than 40 percent taller than a normal airplane window. “The challenges that we work through at BBJ are very different from the rest of Commercial Airplanes and really require a different mindset,” Garvin said. “But it is incredibly rewarding to be involved with customers every step of the way and develop one-of-a-kind products.” n elizabeth.e.bieri@boeing.com Karen Crabtree contributed to this story. PHOTO: (Bottom middle) The master suite on board Chinese charter company Nanshan Jet’s newest BBJ. BIZJET GRAPHICS: (Clockwise from right) An artist’s concept depicts a theater room on board a BBJ 787; a BBJ 747-8 provides enough room for a second floor. TEAGUE A large master bath shower and sink as a concept for a BBJ 787. ANDREW WINCH DESIGNS AND LUFTHANSA TECHNIK Frontiers August 2014


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