Joe Biden didn’t take Amtrak to Washington D.C. after security concerns in the wake of the Capitol riots. He also wasn’t offered a private jet from the U.S. government. So what did he do? He chartered a Boeing Business Jet, and you can rent the same aircraft.
The BBJ that took the Bidens from Wilmington, Delaware to Joint Base Andrews is one of two managed by Van Nuys, California-based Jet Edge. This one was delivered in 2000 and for a period flew for NetJets.
From pictures, it looks to be in the same configuration as when it flew for NetJets. I was lucky enough to fly on those BBJs twice to Europe, although since there were five in the fleet, I don’t know if it was the one that carried the president-elect.
It can take 16 passengers for charters. It offers a forward area with an L-shaped couch that can seat five, a three-person divan, and two facing club chairs that rotate (below).
There is also a long table that can be used for conferences or dining and seats nine.
Beyond the main cabin is a toilet and shower, then a private office that can be converted into a second bedroom.
Towards the rear is a master bedroom with its own bathroom with lavatory, including another shower.
There is a third lav in the area between the galley and crew rest area and cockpit, just to the left of the forward boarding door, so the same place you would find it in a regular Boeing 737. Of course, when you turn right, there aren’t seats for 150 more passengers.
There are widescreen HD monitors throughout the cabin with AppleTVs & Blu-ray players. There are complimentary domestic Wi-Fi and international wireless data availability. There’s also a Skyflix movie entertainment system with iPads.
The full-service forward galley includes a microwave oven, high-temperature convection ovens, and coffeemakers.
BBJs typically charter for $12,000 to $20,000 per hour. They also are usually reserved for longer flights. That’s because each takeoff and landing brings the owner one cycle closer to expensive maintenance. Biden’s flight was just 28 minutes, according to FlightRadar 24.
When you charter a BBJ or any VIP airliner, you will be charged the ferry fees to pick you up and return to base after being dropped off.
VIP airliners have become more popular recently as more affluent families travel in larger groups for longer periods. In addition to more seats and a higher level of comfort, there is also plenty of space for luggage if you want to take your Peloton bike with you.
You can also find VIP airliners with a larger capacity. For example, Crystal Air Cruises offers a VIP Boeing 777 with a capacity of 80 passengers.