Private Jets

Boeing Business Jets vs Airbus Corporate Jets

Long range business jet airliners from Boeing and Airbus are the largest private aircraft on the market.

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) is a joint venture between Boeing and General Electric. It sells narrow-body VIP aircraft based on the reliable Boeing 737 series; it also sells wide-body VIP aircraft derived from the Boeing 777 (200LR and 300ER), the Boeing 787 (-8 and -9) and the Boeing 747-8, the latest stretched version of the iconic 747 jumbo.

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) are offered by Airbus. The narrow-body VIP aircraft are based on the A320 family. The Airbus wide-body corporate jets are based on Airbus A330/A350/A380 series aircraft.

Airbus and Boeing narrow-body aircraft can carry between 8 and 50 passengers in great comfort and can be configured with lounges, boardrooms and bedrooms. The planes are fitted with extra fuel tanks to handle longer range flights. They can also be configured as airliners with anything up to 200 seats.

The wide body aircraft can carry 25-50 passengers in VIP comfort and can be configured with offices, lounges, boardrooms and bedrooms. Some parts of the aircraft can be set with denser seating arrangement so that large delegations can be carried.

Let’s take a look at a comparison between Boeing Business Jets and Airbus Corporate Jets.

Boeing Business Jet BBJ – narrow-body
BBJ (Boeing 737-700) – range 11,600km – list price $78 million
BBJ2 (Boeing 737-800) – 10,400km – $93 million
BBJ3 (Boeing 737-900ER) – 10,300km – $99 million
BBJ MAX 8 (Boeing 737 MAX 8) – 12,100km – $107 million
BBJ MAX9 (Boeing 737 MAX 9) – 11,800km – $113 million

Airbus Corporate Jets ACJ – narrow-body
ACJ318 (Airbus A318) – range 7,800km – $74 million
ACJ319 (Airbus A318) – 11,100km – $89 million
ACJ319neo (Airbus A319neo) – 12,500km – $98 million
ACJ320 (Airbus A320) – 7,800km – $97 million
ACJ320neo (Airbus A320neo) – 11,100km – $106 million
ACJ321 (Airbus A321) – n/a – $114 million

Boeing Business Jet BBJ – wide-body
BBJ 787-8 – range 18,400km – list price $218 million
BBJ 787-9 – 17,600km – $257 million
BBJ 777-200LR – 18,600km – $305 million
BBJ 777-300ER – 17,600km – $330 million
BBJ 747-8 – 16,400km – $368 million

Airbus Corporate Jets ACJ – wide-body
ACJ330 (Airbus A330-200) – range 14,800km – $229 million
ACJ350 (Airbus A350-900) – 18,600km – $305 million
ACJ380 (Airbus A380) – 17,250km – $428 million

The costs of Boeing Business Jets represent the average USD price (2015) quoted by Boeing of the current fitted aircraft delivery. Likewise, the cost of Airbus Corporate Jets is given as the average USD price (2015) given by Airbus of the current fitted aircraft. Obviously the cost of customised fittings can add tens of millions to the price.