Gulfstream Aerospace has announced that its new G700 range of aircraft will deliver even better performance and greater cabin comfort than initially announced. During certification flying, the aircraft has demonstrated increases in range and speed as well as improvements in cabin altitude.
The G700’s range has increased to 7,750nm/14,353km at Mach 0.85 or 6,650nm/12,316km at Mach 0.90, gaining 250nm/463km at both speeds over original projections. The G700’s maximum operating speed has also increased to Mach 0.935 from Mach 0.925, giving it the highest speed in the Gulfstream fleet.
In the cabin, the lowest cabin altitude in business aviation has been further reduced to 2,840ft/866m while flying at 41,000ft/12,497m, providing even more comfort for passengers.
“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, Gulfstream. “As a result, we will be delivering an extremely mature, rigorously tested aircraft that will outperform expectations in speed, range and cabin comfort. Our certification efforts continue to advance, and we look forward to delivering the G700 to customers around the world.”
Throughout the flight test program, two fully outfitted G700 aircraft have travelled the world testing the interior and giving customers the opportunity to experience the industry’s most spacious cabin, which also features whisper-quiet noise levels, 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows and 100% fresh air. To date, these two aircraft have flown approximately 246,000nm/455,592km and set more than 45 city-pair speed records, demonstrating the G700 program’s maturity.
The G700 flight test programme is nearing completion, with more than 4,100 test hours flown across five flight-test aircraft, in addition to the two outfitted production-test aircraft.