Jet Aviation Basel is to complete a Boeing BBJ1, due for delivery to the Basel completion centre during the first quarter of 2014.
Basel, Completions Centre
Jet Aviation, who have been completing aircraft at its Basel Completions Center since 1977 and have created more than 200 cabin interiors, and naturally excited about the signing of the project:
“The customer has selected the Basel Completions Center based on the scope of our in-house capabilities and the depth of our skills and experience in this distinguished market,” said Ruedi Kraft, vice president, Market Development & Completions Sales, Jet Aviation Basel. “We are very excited about the prospect of transforming this empty aircraft into a fully functional, certifiable and unique V.I.P. aircraft interior.”
Interior Design Studio
Elisabeth Harvey, manager of the Basel Interior Design Studio:
“We pride ourselves in being inventive, yet practical,” she added. “By working in close collaboration with our engineering, production and purchasing teams, we understand specific opportunities and constraints affecting the design of the aircraft interior, which helps us outfit green aircraft with innovative design, state-of-the-art technology and uncompromising luxury – fully tailored to the precise wishes of the owner.”
The Jet Aviation Basel Design Studio was established in 2001 and employs 12 designers. Having created cabin interior designs for roughly 40 percent of the large, narrow- and wide-body aircraft it has completed, including three Boeing 747s, the Design Studio has successfully established strong working relationships with other design houses and world-renowned designers, some of whom are also specialized in VIP aircraft interior design.
The Boeing BBJ1 is based on the Boeing 737 commercial aircraft, with changes for VIP use. The BBJ1 is based on a 737-700 airframe, with elements from the 737–800.
Changes from the normal 737 include:
- Blended winglets for additional fuel economy (5–7% improvement) as standard (winglets are optional on airliner 737s)
- Self-contained airstairs for disembarking at airports with limited ground support
- Additional fuel tanks, for intercontinental range
- ETOPS-180 certification