On its recent world tour, the Gulfstream G700 amassed 25 speed records, Gulfstream Aerospace announced. Two fully outfitted G700 production test aircraft flew to more than 20 countries, in six continents, to demonstrate performance capabilities and the cabin.
“The G700 world tour was a tremendous success,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We knew the aircraft would perform exceptionally well, and they exceeded even our own high expectations for both reliability and performance across a variety of routes. Showcasing the outfitted aircraft to our customers and prospects around the world bolstered the already strong demand we are seeing for the G700.”
Beginning the international portion of the tour, the G700 flew from Savannah in Georgia, USA, to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, in 12 hours and 36 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90, Gulfstream shared. Some of the other G700 runs highlighted by Gulfstream include flying from Istanbul in Turkey to Vietnam in 9 hours and 2 minutes, at an average speed of Mach 0.90; from Riyadh to Melbourne in Australia, in 13 hours and 39 minutes, at an average speed of Mach 0.87; and from Christchurch in New Zealand to Los Angeles in 12 hours and 13 minutes, at an average speed of Mach 0.87.
In total, the two G700 outfitted aircraft travelled 53,882 nautical miles (99,789km) over more than 180 hours of flying. The world tour speed records are pending approval by the US National Aeronautic Association and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records.
The two G700 production test aircraft interiors showcase the ultragalley, with more than 10ft (3m) of counter space; a grand suite with fixed bed and lavatory with full vanity and shower; an ultra-high-definition dynamic circadian lighting system; an all-new, award-winning seat design; and a cabin altitude of 2,916ft (889m) when flying at 41,000ft (12,497m).