Boeing offers the ultimate private plane

 

If you're still doing last minute holiday shopping for a billionaire on your list, Boeing may have the answer. It's just rolled out 'business jet' versions of its 777 jetliners, with the ability to fly non-stop between any two points on the globe.

Labeled the BBJ 777X, and coming in either 777-8 or 777-9 lengths, the planes are, so far, the only ones that have the range for Qantas's Project Sunrise, which calls for non-stops to London and New York from Australia's east coast by 2022. But that goal is still out of reach: The only way the business jet version can make those distances is by not being full of passengers, baggage and cargo.

For the lucky few who can afford the price ($400 million for the smaller plane and $425 million for the larger, both prices much higher than the airline version) there's a lot of space to fill with elegant custom furniture and fittings; one design suggestion is shown above. The -9 is 33 feet longer than the -8, if you're feeling a little claustrophobic, or want an airborne dog run, or...

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