Tuesday, April 9, 2024

New ultra-long-range Gulfstream G800 aircraft makes first flight

An American aircraft company Gulfstream Aerospace announced that the all-new ultralong-range Gulfstream G800 successfully completed its first flight, officially launching the flight-test program of the industry’s longest-range aircraft. The aircraft made the flight over the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, using a blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and landed there two hours later.

Announced in October 2021, the G800 is the latest addition to Gulfstream’s next-generation fleet to take flight and make progress toward customer deliveries. This G800 should eventually become the successor to the successful G650ERm. Thanks to the combination of the Gulfstream-designed, advanced high-speed wing and all-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the G800 can fly 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 km) at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nm (12,964 km) at Mach 0.90 with class-leading fuel-efficiency.

The G800 offers up to four living areas or three living areas with a crew compartment and is designed to seat up to 19 passengers. It also features the latest in Gulfstream’s cabin technology and comfort, including hand-crafted, ergonomic seats, a high-definition circadian lighting system designed to reduce jet lag, 100% fresh, never recirculated air, and 16 of the largest windows in the industry.

“When the first G800 test aircraft rolled out at our announcement last fall, we changed the game once again for our industry,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “At Gulfstream, working closely with our customers allows us to continuously build on our successes and develop aircraft that exceed their expectations. The G800 pushes the boundaries of performance even further with Gulfstream-designed aerodynamics and cabin technology, and we look forward to our customers benefiting from the longer-range at higher speeds in our exceptional cabin environment.”