Friday, May 31, 2024

Ultralong-range Gulfstream G800 makes its first international flight

Just a few weeks ago, Gulfstream Aerospace announced the first flight of its all-new ultralong-range Gulfstream G800. And now, the company has announced the first international flight of the aircraft, successfully demonstrating its remarkable range and overall performance. The aircraft flew non-stop from Savannah to Gulfstream Customer Support’s Farnborough, England, facility in support of Gulfstream’s participation in the Farnborough International Airshow.

Shortly after the first flight of G800 on June 28, the Gulfstream flight test team completed additional testing requirements, including a long-duration flight of more than eight hours and operations beyond the aircraft’s maximum operating speed and cruise altitude of Mach 0.925 and 51,000 feet (15,545 meters), respectively.

Announced in October 2021, the G800 is the latest addition to Gulfstream’s next-generation fleet. It should eventually become the successor to the successful G650ER.

Thanks to the 81.20 kN strong Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 turbofans, 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. It features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck with active-control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry. The cabin with sixteen oval windows can be configured with up to four living areas with seating for up to 19 passengers and sleeping space for up to 10. The G800 also features 100% fresh, never recirculated air, a plasma ionization purification system, and the lowest cabin altitude in the industry.

Beyond its performance, the new Gulfstream is also about next-generation comfort, boasting the lowest cabin altitude and fresh air that’s never recirculated.

“To take the G800 on this trans-Atlantic trip so close to first flight is extraordinary,” said Mark Burns, president Gulfstream. “Thanks to our strategic planning and the investments Gulfstream has made in our new aircraft programs, we are able to fly the G800 with remarkable efficiency and bring the aircraft directly to customers early in the flight test program, as we have in Farnborough. The Gulfstream Farnborough Service Center is one of our newest and most modern, and it’s fitting that the G800 has made its international debut here.”