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Friday, December 21, 2012

Gulfstream Delivers First Outfitted G650

Emily Feliz @EmilyFeliz1

Gulfstream Aerospace on Thursday said it delivered its first fully outfitted ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 to an undisclosed U.S. customer.

“We’re extremely proud of this aircraft and the work that’s been done by the G650 design, build and supplier teams,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “The first delivery of an aircraft is always an auspicious occasion and this one is especially so. This delivery represents the beginning of a new era in aircraft design and manufacturing in terms of quality, capabilities, reliability, parts availability and maintenance activities.

Gulfstream recently announced enhanced performance characteristics for the G650, including more range. The G650 can now travel 6,000 nautical miles at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90. This is a 1,000-nm (1,852-km) increase over the original target of 5,000 nm (9,260 km). The additional capability makes city pairs such as Tokyo to New York, New York to Dubai, Shanghai to London and Moscow to Los Angeles possible at speeds faster than any other business jet.

The G650’s takeoff balanced field length decreased to 5,858 feet from the original 6,000 feet at the aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight of 99,600 pounds. This improvement allows the G650 to fly farther from demanding, short runways, the company said. The G650 has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.925. Each of its two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 engines provides 16,900 pounds of thrust.

The G650 cabin includes the Gulfstream-designed Cabin Management System, which allows passengers to use personal electronic devices to control the cabin’s high-definition audio and video components as well as cabin lighting, cabin temperature, window shades and other cabin functions, including the Gulfstream CabinView Passenger Flight Information System.

The G650 earned its FAA type certificate in September.

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