Gulfstream G250 is renamed G280

Terry Spruce

Gulfstream Aerospace has announced that it
has renamed the Gulfstream G250 aircraft; the business jet is now
called the Gulfstream G280. The move was prompted by the company’s sensitivity
to the varied cultures of its international customer base.

“Since introducing the Gulfstream G250 in
2008 and presenting it to customers around the world, we determined that G280
is a more amenable number sequence in certain cultures,” said Larry Flynn,
senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, Gulfstream. “We value our
international customers highly, and this change reflects our commitment to
understanding the diverse cultures of our global business environment.”

The renaming will not affect any other
in-production Gulfstream aircraft.  Gulfstream introduced the G280 during the
NBAA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando
in 2008.

The G280 flight-test program is well under
way. The three aircraft in the test program have exceeded 1,400 flight hours
over 525 flights. At the same time, manufacturing of the first non-test
aircraft, S/N 2004, is complete with production acceptance testing under way at
Israel Aerospace Industries near Tel Aviv. Production of the interior furnishings has
begun at Gulfstream’s mid-cabin completions center in Dallas where the G280 will be outfitted and
painted.

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