Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The first brand new Boeing 737 Business Jet (BBJ)

On 17 September I was invited to Hangar 7 at Christchurch International Airport to welcome the first brand new Boeing 737 Business Jet (BBJ) into the Christchurch based completion facility following a non-stop record breaking flight from Los Angeles to Auckland. The Boeing, with seven special auxiliary tanks fitted in its cargo hold, flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland  in just over 13 hours. It arrived “green” unpainted with an unfinished interior. Christchurch will be its home for the next year as it receives a full VIP custom interior fit out by Altitude’s Christchurch based team. Completion is expected to be October 2013.

This multi-million dollar business is most welcome in Christchurch and demonstrates the international competitiveness and creativeness of Altitude, a 100% Air New Zealand owned subsidiary. It is this high value, high spec, high technology type of industry that plays a significant part in underpinning the Christchurch economy and shows the way to our future. The owner of the aircraft has shown great faith and confidence in the New Zealand based Altitude Aerospace Interiors. I have no doubt he will receive a product that will exceed his expectations and it is this sort of industry that bodes well for the future of Christchurch and the Christchurch economy.

Congratulations to Altitudes VIP Completions and to all of those people who will work on an extraordinary aircraft over the next twelve months.


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