ST. LOUIS --- Boeing delivered the fourth C-40B, a 737-700 aircraft based on the Boeing Business Jet, to the U.S. Air Force.
The C-40B, which provides airlift with an office-in-the-sky environment for U.S Combatant Commanders and other senior government officials, will join the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
“The C-40B’s superior range and performance, updated avionics and low-cost operations make it the right aircraft to meet the Air Force’s rapid response needs for global missions,” said Casey Rushton, Boeing C-40B program manager. “The three aircraft currently in service are proving to be extremely reliable and easy to maintain and fly.”
The 737-700 aircraft are manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Renton, Wash., before moving on to the company’s Integrated Defense Systems facility in Wichita, Kan., where the C-40 modifications are completed. All four C-40Bs are equipped with Connexion by Boeing, providing secure in-flight broadband connectivity -- data/video transmit and receive capability -- to enhance communications, productivity and security.
The Air Force’s C-40B fleet takes full advantage of the 737 next-generation aircraft’s commercial introduction and lifetime support services, allowing high reliability at a lower maintenance cost. The 737 aircraft has aviation’s most comprehensive field service and spares distribution network. Boeing delivered the first C-40B to the Air Force in late 2002.