back to article Boeing gives busy billionaires unbothered about bespoke beds a cheaper BizJet

You know how it goes: you want a private jet, but all the fuss and bother of deciding how to furnish it is just so off-putting. We here at Vulture Central completely sympathize. Boeing has come to the rescue! The plane-maker has created pre-designed cabin layouts and configurations "to expedite installation, while lowering the …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What!

    And miss the pleasures of a 4 hour red eye flight sat squashed next to some drunk man mountain?

    That’s the genuine flying experience.

    1. Jellied Eel Silver badge

      Re: What!

      Well, Boing also makes the B-1B, which is supersonic. Sadly, I don't think they make an exec jet version, yet.

  2. DS999 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    As yes

    Buy the $89 million jet, but "save money" by paying Boeing $200K less than having the interior designer who did your second home design a bespoke 737 interior to exactly fit your needs. Glad someone is looking out for the poor billionaires, they need to watch their pennies too!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: As yes

      You know what they say: look after the pennies, and the billions will look after themselves.

  3. Sceptic Tank Silver badge
    Alert

    Projectile Earnings

    Will all those company catalogues in the bookshelf not become airborne in the event of an emergency and pose a severe injury risk? Remember to put some of those pillows over your head in that case. And also, send someone to properly make that bed.

    And why is the pilot's manual not in the cockpit?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Projectile Earnings

      No problems.

      Everything is super glued down and immovable.

    2. Ignazio

      Re: Projectile Earnings

      Added danger is a feature not a bug. Feature for us plebs, I mean.

  4. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    $89 million

    and image that: a bit of turbulence and all those cushions will be flying around your millionaire ears!

  5. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

    Um, personal, sure. Business, ok. Head-of-state ? Well, the head of a poor state, maybe, but have you seen pics of the interior of Air Force One ?

    There's the flying Oval Office, the Press Room, the Dining Room, the VIP Room, more than one Conference Room, seating for dozens of guests and for the presidential staff. Oh, and there's a Communications room (now I'd like to see that) and a Medical Bay. And a tiny kitchen.

    Sure, it's a Boeing 747, but that's the point. They took a Boeing 747 and filled it to the brim. A 737 doesn't cut it.

    1. Winkypop Silver badge

      Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

      Kids today, eh?

      Always after the latest thing.

      I still daily my Boeing 707-120.

      It rattles a bit but you get that.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

      Not for POTUS, perhaps, but there's a right miscellany of planes used by heads of state of world's less wealthy countries, with a nice Wikipedia article offering a summary. Apparently Nigeria, South Africa, Malaysia and a few others do use Boeing BBJs.

      My favourite is the Seychelles, with a leased Beechcraft 1900. And you've got to have sympathy with the totalitarian paupers who have to fly around in crappy old Soviet jets. Fat Boy Kim has to slum it in a ancient Ilyushin 62, hopefully it'll disintegrate when he's on board.

      1. naive

        Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

        The president of North-Korea doesn't like airplanes, he travels using trains.

        The fate of the late warrior mr. Prigozhin shows he might have a point there.

        1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

          Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

          I'm not sure that a suitably-armoured 737 would have adequate aerodynamic characteristics.

      2. uncle sjohie

        Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

        The Dutch government bought a second hand one. Had to be a Boeing though, since our king is qualified on the 737, and the royal family uses it too.

    3. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

      have you seen pics of the interior of Air Force One ?

      No golf course? Surprised that they left that off the preconfigured options list.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

        The gold course is in Trumpforce One. Allegedly it has golden balls to match the toilets and "showers" :-)

    4. PRR Bronze badge

      Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

      > Head-of-state ? Well, the head of a poor state, maybe, ...

      Yes, even POTUS has to fly small sometimes. Obama's family wanted to go to Bar Harbor. The "Bar Harbor Airport BHB" (which is really in another town) will {still!} take a B-17 easily but apparently won't take a 747. Instead the First Family was flown into Bangor BGR (which has a strip long enough, 11,440', for a Space Shuttle) and put onto a 737 (just a 2-motor 707, which used to be enuff for POTUS) to do the last 35 miles. (Wiki says BHB's 5,200' is short for a 737 but I guess it had 10% load and 10% fuel so they got it down and back up.) And someone sent the 7-ton SUVs ahead to do the last 13 miles.

      > Boeing 707-120...It rattles a bit...

      I bet. I rode one of the last 707 in domestic passenger service, MANY years ago, and it buzzed like angry bees from all the loose rivets.

    5. martinusher Silver badge

      Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

      AF1 isn't just one plane as well. The call sign is taken by the plane actually carrying the President but there's usually a bunch of other planes carrying vehicles, security and what have you.

      1. anothercynic Silver badge

        Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

        I don't know who downvoted Martin here, but Martin is correct. Air Force One is the call sign of whatever plane that the prez is on. Marine One is the heli version. Whether it's a VC-25 (a Boeing 747), or a VC-137 (a Boeing 707 - ok, it's ancient, they don't have any), or a C-37 (a Gulfstream V)... If the prez is on board, it's 'Air Force One'. Air Force Two is for the vice prez.

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  7. b0llchit Silver badge
    Megaphone

    wealth or WEALTH

    You don't have enough money if you have to ask what it costs.

  8. IanD
    Facepalm

    Did I read that correctly?

    It's called the 'BBJ 737-7'...

    The Boeing BJ .... I'm sure there will be sex workers who charge less than $89.1 million for one.

    1. Atomic Duetto

      Re: Did I read that correctly?

      It’s a Boeing… everybody is going down at some stage

      Interiors are a bit meh if I’m honest

      1. abend0c4

        Re: Did I read that correctly?

        Interiors are a bit meh

        They're luxurious compared to the UK's Air Farce 1.

        1. Lurko

          Re: Did I read that correctly?

          Fit out matters not - when it comes to planes for heads of state, they're just a codpiece for the todger inside, and therefore the bigger the better.

          That's why 747s have been so widely used as presidential aircraft.

        2. druck Silver badge

          Re: Did I read that correctly?

          The plane with the paint job is just another working A330-MRTT tanker transport when no one is in the small first class area, so it's not money wasted on some vanity project.

    2. Ignazio

      Re: Did I read that correctly?

      It's for Big Jerk on Board

  9. Edwin

    Left wondering indeed

    Who's the target market here?

    Those that earned it themselves didn't earn it by not paying attention to detail

    Those that didn't presumably have either staff or free time to make the interior turquoise velvet.

    I just don't see the point of a $100M off-the-rack plane...

  10. Kev99 Silver badge

    Mark me down for a pair. IT just won't do if one has a smudge on the tip of the vertical stabilizer and I have to wait for it to be washed.

  11. Kev99 Silver badge

    Oh, as Benny Hill once said, "Do you really want a plane named Boeing?" Think about it.

  12. Binraider Silver badge

    Being based on the 737- wouldn't range be limited? Transatlantic and trans Pacific very problematic.

  13. martinusher Silver badge

    Not my favorite aircraft

    Tricked out for executive use the plane may be usable but in normal service its cramped and noisy, a most unpleasant plane to fly in. This wasn't too much when typical flights were an hour or so but I've just done two four hour stints in the thing (full to the brim, of course) and it was a most unpleasant experience. (....and you always have that nagging question at the back of your mind whether they really fixed that MCAS or whether it was just a Band-Aid on a Band-Aid).

    Modern Boeing planes are aircraft that only an accountant could love. Especially if the accountant had a decent bizjet to fly in rather than having to mix it with the proles.

    One of the flight attendants remarked (as I gradually hauled myself out of the restroom)(tad small) that its a bit of a b***h if you're over 5' tall.

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