The G450, which entered service in 2005, has reached the end of its production run, with the final delivery now made. The new G500 should join Gulfstream’s in-service fleet soon – type certification is expected early in 2018, with five aircraft currently in flight testing.
“For the past 12 years, the G450 has been one of the best-selling business jets in the industry, beloved by pilots and passengers alike for its technological advances, smooth handling, impressive range and unsurpassed passenger comfort,” said Mark Burns, president at Gulfstream. “During its 30-year history, the GIV series transformed business aviation, and the G500 is already well on its way to doing the same, with the industry’s first active control sidesticks and the most integrated application of touchscreen controls in the flight deck.”
Gulfstream emphasized it will continue to support G450 operators. The global fleet totals more than 360 aircraft – which have surpassed 964,000 hours and 461,000 flights. “The G450 made its mark in aviation history and remains an important member of the Gulfstream family,” said Burns. “We will continue to provide industry-leading product support and sustaining engineering for our G450 customers.”
The G450 offered greater range (4,350 nautical miles at Mach 0.80) than originally planned, and Gulfstream says the G500 will follow suit, flying 5,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 and 4,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.90.
In the September 2017 issue of Business Jet Interiors International, Tray Crow, director of interior design at Gulfstream, discussed how cabins have changed over the last decade – click here to read the interview.
January 25, 2018