When Gulfstream’s G650 touched down at Paris-Le Bourget Airport for the 50th Annual Paris Air Show, the business jet did so bearing three new city-pair records: Savannah to Paris; Nice, France, to São Paulo; and Las Vegas to Madrid, Spain. Soon to be confirmed by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), these records represent significant improvements over the G650’s predecessor, the Gulfstream GIV.
For 25 years, the GIV remained king among business jets, taking only 8 hours and 16 minutes to cross the Atlantic from Savanna to Paris. The G650 beat that record by over an hour, making the 3,899-nautical mile (7,221-km) sprint from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to Paris-Le Bourget in just 7 hours and 12 minutes. Flying at an average speed of Mach 0.90, the G650 demonstration aircraft carried three crewmembers and five passengers.
"This record demonstrates the G650's tremendous speed and range," said Scott Neal, Gulfstream’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. "It also speaks to the capabilities of the GIV, which handily held that record for a quarter of a century, evidence that the aircraft was ahead of its time in terms of technology, innovation, speed and range."
The Savannah-Paris record comes on the heels of two other new city-records pending NAA confirmation. At 11:21 a.m. Nice time on May 26th, the G650 took off from the Cote d'Azur Airport with four crewmembers and three passengers aboard. The G650 touched down in São Paulo at 5:31 p.m. local time, having completed the 5,527-nm (10,236-km) trip in just 11 hours and 10 minutes.
"This record highlights a very important city pair for our customers in South America who regularly travel to Europe," Neal said, noting the dramatic time savings were made possible by the G650’s incredible average flying speed, just short of Mach 1.
Three weeks prior, the G650 set an equally impressive record, making the 4,940-nm (9,149-km) journey from Las Vegas to Madrid in 9 hours and 14 minutes. The ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range jet departed McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas at 11:16 p.m. local time on May 8th and arrived the next day at Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain at 5:30 p.m. local time.
Since entering service in January 2013, the G650 demonstrator has been a true citizen of the world, visiting 75 cities in 27 countries as of May 31st. The globetrotting jet has spent 334 hours in the air and flown more than 142,900 nm (264,651 km).
With a maximum range of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) at Mach 0.85, the G650 allows for longer intercontinental flights in less time than current ultra-long-range business jets. At Mach 0.90, its range is 6,000 nm (11,112 km). Its max speed is a transonic Mach 0.925.
"Each of the records was extraordinary in its own right and shows our customers that the G650 is a superlative aircraft that will help them achieve more, regardless of the mission," Neal said in summary.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). In 1958, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co. developed its first business jet, the Gulfstream GI. Flying at a then-impressive speed of 350 mph (563 kmph) the GI changed the way international companies do business. Since then, Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft for customers around the world and currently offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft to meet the diverse transportation needs of the businesses of today and tomorrow.
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