Gulfstream revealed that its newest widebody business jet, the G700, exceeded expectations for performance during certification flights.
Improvements include a notable increase in flight range, operational speed and enhancements to the cabin pressurization system.
The G700 now features an expanded range of 7,750 nautical miles (approximately 14,353 kilometers) at Mach 0.85 (approximately 1,049 km/h) or 6,650 nm (12,316 km) at Mach 0.90 (1,111 km/h). This increase represents a significant gain of 250 nm (463 km) in both speeds over initial projections.
Additionally, the G700’s maximum operating speed has been adjusted from Mach 0.925 (approximately 1,142 km/h) to Mach 0.935 (1,154 km/h), establishing it as the fastest jet ever produced by Gulfstream, which has been on the market since 1958. .
For comparison purposes, the speed of sound (Mach 1) is 1,234 km/h at sea level.
First deliveries in 2024
There have also been improvements in cabin comfort, thanks to the altitude environment reduced to 2,840 feet (about 866 meters) while the aircraft flies at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), a notable improvement for occupants, as reported by the company.
“We are undertaking one of the most extensive flight test programs as the G700 is the first business aircraft to undergo Federal Aviation Administration certification following the passage of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream.
Gulfstream sent the five test aircraft to present the model to its future customers, who have already flown about 246,000 nautical miles (455,592 kilometers), according to the company.
In all, the certification program has accumulated more than 4,100 flight hours, including two production test G700s. Gulfstream plans to deliver the first aircraft in 2024.