Friday, April 19, 2024

Gulfstream introduces its fastest, longest-range business jet

Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has unveiled two all-new business jets, further expanding its ultramodern, high-technology family of aircraft: the Gulfstream G800, the longest-range aircraft in Gulfstream history, and the Gulfstream G400, the first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade. The two business jets were presented at gala event in Savannah, Georgia.

The G800, which will eventually replace the G650ERm, offers customers the longest range in the Gulfstream fleet with its 8,000 nautical-mile (14,816 km) range at Mach 0.85 (1,049 km/h) and 7,000 nm (12,964 km) range at Mach 0.90 (1,111 km/h). The G800 will be powered by a pair of high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and will benefit from the wing, tail, and winglet designed for the Gulfstream G700. The G800 also features enhanced fuel efficiency and more city-pair capabilities.

Gulfstream G800, the fastest longest-range aircraft.
Gulfstream G800, the fastest longest-range aircraft. Credit: Gulfstream

In the cockpit, the dual head-up displays in the G800 feature Gulfstream’s new Combined Vision System (CVS) that unites the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) into a single image, increasing pilot situational awareness and access to more airports worldwide.

In the case of G400, it offers a combination of long-range, high-speed performance; cabin comfort; and environmental efficiency unrivaled in its class. Powered by advanced Pratt & Whitney PW812GA engines, the aircraft will fly 4,200 nm (7,778 km) at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85 (1,049 km/h). Three floorplans are offered, with options for seating up to nine, 11, or 12 passengers. The G400 provides the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience and 10 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows.

Gulfstream G400, the industry’s first new large-cabin aircraft in more than a decade.
Gulfstream G400, the industry’s first new large-cabin aircraft in more than a decade. Credit: Gulfstream

Both the G800 and G400 are equipped with the Gulfstream panoramic oval windows and Honeywell Symmetry Flight Deck with electronically linked active control side-sticks and ten touch-screen displays. The avionics boasts the company’s Predictive Landing Performance System (PLPS), providing pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. They also share additional health and safety enhancements, including 100% fresh, whisper-quiet noise levels, never recirculated and never refiltered air, the lowest cabin altitude in their respective classes, a plasma-ionizing clean air system neutralizing 99.9% of airborne bacteria, spores, and odors.

G800 customer deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2023, and G400 deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2025.