Gulfstream first flew its upcoming G700 business jet—billed as “the most spacious jet in the industry with the longest range at the fastest speeds”—in February, officially launching what it promised would be a “rigorous” flight-test program for the 19-passenger aircraft. In late July, the company announced that the all-new “industry flagship” had charted 100-plus test flights and recently finished up company flutter testing. The aerospace firm also says the jet has surpassed its maximum operation speed (Mach 0.925) and cruise altitude (51,000 feet; 15,545 meters) during the tests, hitting Mach 0.99 and reaching 54,000 ft. (16,459 m), respectively.
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Gulfstream introduced the G700 in October 2019 with Qatar Airways as its launch partner and Flexjet as its first North American fleet customer. The jet features up to five living areas and a cabin measuring 6.3 ft. (1.9m) high, 8.2 ft. (2.5 m) wide, and 56.92 ft. (17.3 m) long. Gulfstream’s exclusive ultra-galley provides 10-plus ft. (3 m) of counterspace. Interior features include an option for circadian lighting, 20 panoramic windows, all-new seats, and Jet ConneX Ka-band internet connectivity. The G700 is equipped with all-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce engines and a high-tech cockpit featuring Gulfstream’s Symmetry Flight Deck with active control sidesticks and an Enhanced Flight Vision System with dual head-up displays.
Gulfstream President Mark Burns says the flight test accomplishments made at this early stage speaks to the G700 program’s impressive maturity. “We designed and developed the G700 for our customers to fly safely, securely, and efficiently while enjoying the same level of comfort as they do on the ground,” he says. “With the largest galley in the industry, the utmost in technology, and the finest, freshest cabin environment, the G700 unlocks new opportunities in business-jet travel.”
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Posted On: 7/29/2020 3:45:50 PM