Aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream has revealed its new flagship business jet at the NBAA-BACE 2019 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A full-scale mockup of the new aircraft and a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah, Georgia was shown during the launch at the business aviation exhibition and conference this week.
Gulfstream President Mark Burns said, “The G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an all-new, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort and range at speed.”
The G700 features the tallest, widest and longest cabin in business aviation and has a range of 13,890km at Mach 0.85 or 11,853km at Mach 0.90.
The cabin on the G700 offers up to five areas, including an extra-large galley with a passenger lounge or crew compartment; a six-place dining or conference room; and a master suite with shower.
“We have a long tradition of listening to our customers, and the G700 cabin is the evolution of that collaboration,” said Burns. “Customers shared how much they value flexibility and comfort in the cabin, all without compromising the speed and range advantages they have come to expect from Gulfstream. The G700 delivers all that and more.”
The G700 features the Symmetry Flight Deck, active-control sidesticks, touch-screen technology and Gulfstream’s Predictive Landing Performance System, which gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around.
The aircraft is powered by the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and also features winglets to ensure it achieves high performance capabilities with its larger cabin.
Gulfstream has conducted nearly 14,000 hours of lab testing in its integration- and cabin-test facilities, systems integration bench and using its iron bird. The company has successfully completed ground vibration testing, engine runs, loads calibration and all structural testing required for first flight.
The G700 flight-test fleet will incorporate five traditional test aircraft and one fully outfitted production test aircraft. Manufacturing for all test aircraft is well underway.
Gulfstream anticipates G700 customer deliveries in 2022.