Gulfstream Leaves the Industry in AWE

Built on the company’s decades-long investment in research and development, the G700, the best ever in the ultra long-range jets, is being called the harbinger of a new era for Gulfstream as well as that of the private aviation sector

Issue: 11 / 2019By Ayushee ChaudharyPhoto(s): By Gulfstrem
Newest Flagship: G700 being unveiled at NBA-BACE 2019 held in Las Vegas

The private aviation industry was taken by storm last month when Gulfstream’s new flagship model was revealed. Being claimed as the tallest, widest and longest cabin jet aircraft in the industry, the $75 million jet has broken remarkable records. The three records were earlier held by the Bombardier Global 7500. The G700 was dramatically unveiled on the eve of annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport from October 22 to 24, 2019, making it a historical night to be remembered for the private aviation industry. A full-scale mockup of the G700 was disclosed during the event and a video of the aircraft was shown where the aircraft was taxing under its own power at the Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah.

Result of extensive testing that included 14,000 hours in the lab and five different test vehicles, the G700’s cabin length is 56 feet and 11 inches, not including a 195-cubic-foot baggage area and it stands six feet and three inches high, measuring eight feet and two inches wide. In 2022, the company expects to start fulfilling orders to Qatar as well as Flexjet that was confirmed as the first North American customer. Qatar Airways which was announced formally as the launch customer of the aircraft had secured 10 orders for the airline’s Executive Division. The order units for Flexjet remained undisclosed.

The American aircraft company, Gulfstream which is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, also accommodates as many as five separate living areas in its new jet. “The Gulfstream G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an allnew, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort and range at speed. This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns, highlighting that the G700 is certainly raising the bar for the company as well as the industry.

Result of extensive testing that included 14,000 hours in the lab and five different test vehicles, the G700’s cabin length is 56 feet and 11 inches, not including a 195-cubic-foot baggage area and it stands six feet and three inches high, measuring eight feet and two inches wide

Built on the company’s decades-long investment in research and development, the G700 is being called the harbinger of a new era for Gulfstream as well as that of the private aviation sector. Ensuing the aircraft company’s success, the G700 comes with a leading range as well as high speed capabilities to take the elite travelers around the world in a limited time with the best of the luxurious experience in the air. Faster speeds allows customers more time, lower annual expenses for maintenance, parts and services, and shorter crew days for safer operations.

A CABIN RICH IN INNOVATIVE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Amalgamating the proven ultra long-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience, the Gulfstream G700 is being declared as the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business-jet industry.

Donning 20 panoramic oval windows in the cabin that can seat 19 passengers or sleep 10 passengers, is being said to be the largest cabin in the industry. This new flagship model also boasts of having industry-leading fuel efficiency with a said range of 7,500 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm at Mach 0.90. In comparison, the Global 7500 has a range of 7,700 nm and can achieve speeds of Mach 0.92.

Innovating with the class-apart, latest and technically advance design, the all new cabin on the G700 lets the customer extend their personal as well as professional lifestyle without any hindrances. Thanks to it’s up to five living areas, the aircraft has an extra-large ultragalley with a passenger lounge or crew compartment. There is also a six-place dining or conference room; and a master suite with shower. Not only that, the 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows enhance and promote the Gulfstream cabin experience which is not just the largest but is also the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 per cent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin.

G700 also adorns a large variety of cabin amenities that are sure to revolutionise the benefits of business-jet travel which includes the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The advanced technology of thousands of white and amber LEDs recreate sunrise and sunset, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop. Most of the design is integrated to make the optimum use of the space. The all-new seats from the handcrafted collection convert into ergonomic beds enhancing the comfort further.

The award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck is also a feature in the G700 along with other newer advancements. The deck has active-control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touchscreen technology. The flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System, Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays. The system also provides the pilots with advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around.

Powered by high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and the newly designed Gulfstream winglets, the aircraft guarantees high performance capabilities with excellent takeoff and landing performance and the ability to operate easily at weightrestricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.

The company has successfully completed ground vibration testing, engine runs, loads calibration and all structural testing required for first flight. The G700 flight-test fleet will incorporate five traditional test aircraft and one fully outfitted production test aircraft. Manufacturing for all test aircraft is well underway.

The business aviation industry should be ready to bask in the comfortable cabin, rejuvenate and connect the most spacious, innovative and flexible cabin in the industry honing the highest of the standards. The G700 also lets you curate ideal flight experience with exquisite designs and flexible configurations.