MEBAA Convention News

Newest VIP BBJ 787 Arrives in Dubai

 - December 11, 2018, 11:56 PM
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner poses unique challenges for completions because it’s constructed primarily from composite materials. This is Greenpoint’s second 787 of four currently planned.

Boeing Business Jets is presenting on static display (SD 29) at MEBAA 2018 the world’s second head-of-state BBJ 787, fresh from its November delivery following the cabin completion by Greenpoint Technologies.

The Dreamliner’s interior, created in partnership with the client, features both open living spaces and distinct private rooms. Designed “to provide a modern, inviting interior that showcases best-in-class services on board,” according to Annika Wicklund, Greenpoint design director, the cabin “offers functionality and adaptability while integrating the latest technology and luxuries experienced at the finest hotel.”

The main lounge features a metallic glass tile wall, the first of its kind certified on a 787, and embossed hand-tipped leather seats, while the master suite has its own lounge and office. Refined material finishes include Calacatta Borghini marble, book-matched American walnut, and boucle hand-tufted carpet. The VVIP Dreamliner, owned by Korean Air, also has a gym with vaulted ceilings, large service galleys, and extensive crew accommodations.

Boeing’s 787 creates significant challenges for custom interiors as the aircraft’s composite airframe doesn’t allow the interior structural modifications that metal airframes permit, and requires specialized tools and training. Greenpoint executive v-p Bret Neely hailed the completion as “a monumental achievement,” crediting the company’s teamwork and dedication for “mastering the 787-8 completion process and its advanced technology.” 

The completion was marred by a nose gear collapse that occurred at Greenpoint’s facility in March. Korean Air said at the time the 787 was to be operated for an anonymous client, but the aircraft is now listed for sale by Aviatrade.

Asked at MEBAA about the repairs required to fix the damage, a Boeing spokesperson said only that the company’s AOG team had worked with the customer to repair the aircraft. Evidence of the repairs is not visible when looking at the 787's nose area. 

Greenpoint, a Zodiac company, also performed the completion on the first head-of-state 787-8, delivered in July 2016. That interior, by Pierrejean Design Studio of Paris, includes a forward master suite with bedroom, an expansive lounge area, and a guest cabin with first-class seating aft, all done in a palette of neutral brown and gray tones. Nicknamed the Dream Jet, that 787 is owned and operated by China-based Deer Jet.

With work now underway in preparation for two more green Dreamliners slated for Greenpoint interior installations, “This expertise is already flowing to our third and fourth 787 completions,” said Neely.