Gulfstream has revealed the G500’s interior on a production aircraft at NBAA 2016, held in Orlando, Florida, on November 1-3, 2016. The G500 on display serves as the testbed for the G500 cabin. Following completion of the test program, it will be used as a demonstration aircraft.
“The G500 interior was designed in close collaboration with our customers and provides an industry-defining, unmatched passenger experience,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Since revealing the redesigned G600 cabin at NBAA 2015, we have gathered extensive feedback. We combined that feedback with additional customer insights, to deliver a customer-centric interior design for the G500.”
The new seat design is one of the elements that has benefitted the most from customer feedback, incorporating design techniques and ergonomic enhancements intended to improve comfort and reduce fatigue.
Customization continues throughout the cabin with a focus on flexibility. The aircraft has forward and aft lavatories and a full-size galley that can be located forward or aft. The galley features an optional steam oven, an interchangeable beverage maker and a refrigerator that can be placed above or below the counter, depending on the desire for storage or counter space. Customizable flooring options including stone and wood can be selected for the entry area, galley and lavatories.
The G500 on display at NBAA includes two contrasting veneers used to highlight different areas in the cabin; seats with diamond-quilted inserts; a backlit storage area in the lavatory; a baggage area designed to offer more visibility and durability; increased storage for personal communication devices or other items; and the option for a personal monitor or tablet holder that can be stowed at each single seat.
The G500 cabin features three living areas and can seat 19 passengers. Satellite communications and high-speed internet options include the JetConneX Ka-band broadband service. The CMS gives passengers control of the lighting, window shades, temperature and entertainment options through touchscreen devices. The G500 features 100% fresh air and will have 14 windows.
The G500 is slated to receive type certification in 2017 and enter service ahead of schedule in the fourth quarter of that year. The aircraft can fly 5,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nautical miles at Mach 0.90.