Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is displaying two of its business jets – the G650 and the G150 – at India Aviation 2014. Making its India debut on static display will be the ultra high-speed, ultra-long range Gulfstream G650 and the mid-size G150.
Roger Sperry, Regional Senior Vice President International Sales of Gulfstream, said: “Our fleet in Asia-Pacific has grown dramatically over the past decade. That is especially true in India, where the number of aircraft has grown from five in 2001 to nearly 20 in 2013. India Aviation provides an opportunity for our customers to learn more about the advanced technology, superior craftsmanship and outstanding performance of our aircraft.” The Gulfstream G650 is, quite simply, the gold standard in business aviation.
The flagship of the Gulfstream fleet flies faster, farther, and more comfortably than any other business aircraft in its class. Introduced in 2008, the G650 will carry eight passengers and a crew of four on non-stop legs of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km). With its powerful Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the G650® will cover shorter distances at a speed of Mach 0.925. No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound. The G150 is quickly becoming a favourite in the mid-size market. With the longest range at the fastest speed, an advanced avionics suite, and the most comfortable cabin, the G150 provides the most value in its class.
At the recently concluded Singapore Airshow, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp’s G650 aircraft was the cynosure of all eyes as the aircraft created yet another record, flying between Hawaii and Singapore, taking its tally to 40 such records.
“I can think of no better way for the G650 to make its Singapore Airshow debut than to land after setting a speed record that demonstrates its flexibility and capability for our customers around the world, particularly Asia,” said Scott Neal, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “This record, like the 38 others before it, reflects the G650’s significant speed and range.”
The high-speed G650 took off from the Honolulu International Airport with five crew members and two passengers on board. It flew 5,909 nautical miles (10,943 kilometres) at an average speed of Mach 0.85, arriving at Singapore’s Changi International Airport 14 hours 6 minutes later. The aircraft flew against headwinds exceeding 100 knots for more than half the flight.
“The G650’s speed and range truly make it a time machine for our operators, saving them considerable time as they travel around the world,” Neal said. “That is one of the top features of the G650, but it’s not the only one. In addition to getting there faster, operators can do so much more in the cabin, whether it’s conducting a conference call, sending an e-mail or just relaxing in preparation for their arrival.”
The G650 entered service on December 20, 2012. Since then, Gulfstream has delivered over 50 G650 aircraft to customers. The G650 fleet has more than 14,000 flight hours and over 6,600 landings. The fleet leader has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours and 550 landings.
Fastest business jet
The Gulfstream G650, which is certified in 10 countries, goes farther faster than any other business jet in the world. The aircraft has a top speed of Mach 0.925. At Mach 0.90, it can whisk eight passengers and four crew 6,000 nm (11,112 km). At Mach 0.85, its range increases to 7,000 nm (12,964 km). That’s Singapore to Madrid or London nonstop. In 2013, the G650 set an around-the-world speed record when it circled the globe in just 41 hours 7 minutes.
The G650 has the largest purpose-built business-jet cabin, with a number of amenities to make life on board comfortable and more productive, including wider seats, more aisle room and a large stateroom option. Passengers enjoy the largest windows, the quietest cabin and the low cabin altitude to improve comfort and reduce fatigue on long-range flights.
In addition, Gulfstream developed the Gulfstream Cabin Management System, which allows passengers to control the cabin entertainment, temperature and lighting with a smart device, such as an iPhone or iPod touch. The G650 also offers a number of safety advancements as standard features, including Gulfstream’s enhanced and synthetic vision systems, which improve the pilot’s situational awareness in low visibility conditions.
Despite its $65 million price, Gulfstream Aerospace’s topof-the-line G650 is the most sought-after private jet on the market. Introduced in 2008, the G650 can carry eight passengers and a crew of four on non-stop legs of 7,000 nautical miles. That means it will link Dubai with New York and London with Buenos Aires. With its powerful Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the G650 will cover shorter distances at a speed of Mach 0.925.
The G650 is the most technologically advanced business aircraft in the sky. The G650 comes standard with many advanced safety features such as Enhanced Vision System (EVS), the Head-Up Display (HUD) II and the Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD). Its Planeview cockpit comes equipped with a Triplex Flight Management System, Automatic Emergency Descent Mode, 3-D weather radar, Advanced Flight Controls – in short, a full array of sophisticated, next-generation technology to improve pilot situational awareness and enhance safety.
Gulfstream engineers paid particular attention to the cabin environment. In fact, they designed it from the inside out. Longer, wider and taller than any other cabin in its class, the G650 living environment provides comfortable accommodations for up to 18 people. The cabin can be configured with a four-place conference table with two additional seats across the aisle for meals or meetings for up to six people.
Gulfstream states that it is the finest aircraft the company has built, keeping the international customer in mind.