May 11: Boeing announced that its BBJ Convertible, based on the highly successful 737, is now available to prospective customers. The aeroplane can reconfigure from all-passenger to all-cargo configuration in less than eight hours.
Governments, corporations and individual operators can quickly change from transporting VIPs, staff or troops to delivering disaster-relief supplies or configuring for medical evacuation. There is room for transporting tools, parts and machinery; race cars or race horses; or equipment for touring bands and musicians.
BBJ owners receiving their aircraft after mid-2011 will enjoy reduced fuel consumption by 2% through a combination of engine and structural improvements, reducing drag on the aircraft. CFM is contributing fuel savings through hardware changes to its CFM56-7B Evolution engine.