Final G200 off the line
Gulfstream has delivered the last Gulfstream G200 business
jet. It will be replaced in the Gulfstream fleet by the Gulfstream G280, which
is scheduled to enter service in the first part of 2012.
The G200 was the first super mid-size business jet to enter the marketplace.
It rolled out in 1997 and was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration
Originally introduced as the “Galaxy” by Galaxy Aerospace (which was acquired
by Gulfstream in 2001), the G200 was manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries
in Tel Aviv and then flown to Gulfstream’s Mid-Cabin Completions Center in
Dallas for interior outfitting and paint. The last G200 is scheduled for
customer delivery later this month.
“The G200 took the basic cabin dimensions of a large-cabin aircraft and made
them available to a broader market by offering a shortened eight- to 10-place,
two-seating-area layout with solid transcontinental U.S. range,” said Stan
Dixon, vice president, Mid-Cabin Programmes, Gulfstream. “It led the category for
its time, as will the G280 going into the future.”