I toured a Boeing Business Jet, an airline-sized private plane equipped like an apartment, and was shocked at just how spacious it was

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Boeing Business Jets on display at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva.
Boeing Business Jets on display at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva.Abby Wallace/Insider.
  • Boeing has a fleet of airline-sized private jets designed for wealthy people who want larger private planes.

  • I toured the original BBJ model which has a large living space and en-suite master bedroom.

  • The plane is the largest and most luxurious private jet I've ever seen.

Boeing has a fleet of airline-sized private jets which have been running off the production line for over 20 years.

The BBJ private plane at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, May 2022.
The BBJ private plane at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, May 2022.Abby Wallace/Insider.

Boeing Business Jets are designed to appeal to high net worth individuals who want larger, more comfortable private planes.

The BBJ plane.
The BBJ plane.Abby Wallace/Insider.

I toured one of the BBJ models which belongs to a well-known author and motivational speaker.

Inside the BBJ.
Inside the BBJ.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The plane is around 80-feet long and can comfortably hold 19 passengers.

Inside the main compartment where the living space is.
Inside the main compartment where the living space is.Abby Wallace/Insider.

Inside the main cabin, the first compartment featured a large open-plan seating area, composed of reclining seat pairs, dining tables, and sofas.

Inside the main cabin.
Inside the main cabin.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The dining table sat in front of a large entertainment screen and was set when I visited.

The main compartment had a dining table.
The main compartment had a dining table.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The large chairs also had fold-out tables and side storage compartments ...

The chairs inside the BBJ.
The chairs inside the BBJ.Abby Wallace/Insider.

… and featured control buttons for music.

The control panel inside the chairs.
The control panel inside the chairs.Abby Wallace/Insider.

A larger table with sofa chairs on each side was situated in the next compartment. The space was slightly smaller and more private, which made me think it could perhaps be used for conferences or meetings.

Inside the second compartment.
Inside the second compartment.Abby Wallace/Insider.

A master suite was situated further down the plane, replete with a comfy-looking double bed.

The master bedroom.
The master bedroom.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The bedroom also featured its own entertainment screen mounted on the wall.

The entertainment screen inside the master bedroom.
The entertainment screen inside the master bedroom.Abby Wallace/Insider.

An en-suite bathroom with floor to ceiling mirrors was situated next door.

The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom.
The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The en-suite also had a large vanity unit with panel lighting and high-end toiletries.

Inside the en-suite bathroom.
Inside the en-suite bathroom.Abby Wallace/Insider.

Back at the front of the plane, a kitchen and crew rest were situated off the entryway.

Inside the BBJ.
Inside the BBJ.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The crew rest had two large reclining armchairs.

The crew rest.
The crew rest.Abby Wallace/Insider.

A spacious kitchen was located at the front of the plane close to the cockpit.

The kitchen space.
The kitchen space.Abby Wallace/Insider.

It came complete with Nespresso coffee machines and a milk frother.

The kitchen space.
The kitchen space.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The main bathroom with a large sink and vanity unit was also situated at the front of the plane.

The bathroom space.
The bathroom space.Abby Wallace/Insider.

The model I toured — the BBJ1 — is part of a previous generation of Boeing Business Jets. The original BBJ model is based on Boeing's 737-700 commercial airline and first rolled off the production line in July 1998.

First BBJ flight.
First BBJ flight.Boeing

Newer models which have since joined Boeing's business jet fleet include the Boeing Max family, the BBJ 787-8 and BBJ 787-9 Dreamliners, as well as the BBJ 747-8, the world's largest private jet.

BBJ 747-8.
BBJ 747-8.Boeing

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