Ever look through the real estate section or do an online search just to see what the $10 million plus range looks like? Just to fantasize? Studio apartments in a walk-up look a lot less attractive after that. Yes, every industry has their fantasy version of how things should work, and in travel it’s not just about gorgeous hotel rooms; it’s about how you get there too. Enter the new Boeing Business Jet, a 737 that’s been redesigned with all the luxurious bells and whistles – and yes, there are probably fancy Mr. Burns-style bells you can have installed. Because there’s nothing like looking at a rich guy’s potential private plane to make a cross-country flight in economy look even less appealing.
Still, it can be fun to fantasize, so here goes: The new Boeing Business Jet is a 737-700 with the wings and landing gear of an 800. (We didn’t care either, but it means that it can carry more fuel tanks and take you 5,600 nautical miles without stopping). There’s a large king-size bed – simply putting those flatbed business class options to shame – as well as showers, an oven, a wine cooler and more. There’s also a smaller guest stateroom with sofas that turn into beds, so the plane can sleep eight people.
Now here’s the kicker: As we said, the plane is a converted 737. Yes, the same 737 that typically seats three-by-three across, and flies around the US on commercial routes carrying about 150 people. If you’ve flown up and down either coast, to Chicago, or even across the country, you’ve most likely flown on these babies most of those times. However, the Boeing Business Jet is designed to carry up to 19 people. This jet could potentially fit 28 rows but won’t even deign to carry 28 people. That is a baller way to fly.
And the price you ask? Not that it particularly matters when you get to this range, but it’s $57 million. Most customers apparently spend another $20 to $25 million tricking the plane out, because what’s a private business jet if it doesn’t look like the crew from Pimp My Ride stopped by first. It’s enough to make your average writer want to start doing something business-y. Give us a call sometime, Boeing…
[All photos courtesy of Boeing]