The Gulfstream G800 has completed its first flight, marking the official launch of the flight-test programme for the all-new, ultra-long-range jet.
Announced in October 2021, the G800 is the latest addition to Gulfstream’s next-generation fleet to take flight and make progress towards customer deliveries.
The aircraft made its first flight using a blend of sustainable aviation fuel.
“When the first G800 test aircraft rolled out at our announcement last fall, we changed the game once again for our industry,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “At Gulfstream, working closely with our customers allows us to continuously build on our successes and develop aircraft that exceed their expectations. The G800 pushes the boundaries of performance even further with Gulfstream-designed aerodynamics and cabin technology, and we look forward to our customers benefiting from the longer range at higher speeds in our exceptional cabin environment.”
The G800 can fly 8,000 nautical miles (14,816km) at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nautical miles (12,964km) at Mach 0.90. It has new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines.
Cabin highlights include handcrafted seats; an HD circadian lighting system; 100% fresh, never recirculated air; and a plasma-ionisation air purification system. Designed to seat up to 19 passengers, the G800 offers up to four living areas, or three living areas with a crew compartment.
The G800 is equipped with Gulfstream’s next-generation Symmetry flight deck and dual head-up displays featuring the new Combined Vision System, which includes Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision System imagery.
“We have announced eight new aircraft in the past decade, strategically timed to capture market demand,” said Burns. “We are seeing great interest in the G800, and this first flight brings us even closer to delivering a Gulfstream for every mission.”