Gulfstream G280 cleared for Saint Tropez operations


The Gulfstream G280 aircraft has been cleared for operations at the Airport of the Golfe of Saint Tropez, France, Gulfstream Aerospace revealed today at the Paris Air Show 2023.

The super-midsize aircraft recently flew several takeoff and landing demonstrations at the short field airport in La Môle in the southeast the country. Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream said the G280 offers steep-approach capabilities required for the Côte d’Azur based airport.

Given its prime location in the south of France, we are pleased to unlock this destination for G280 customers,” said Burns. “The aircraft offers long-proven short-field performance, which is required for this airfield, as well as competitive range access when departing from La Môle to all of Europe and northern Africa.”

Before operations can fully commence at the airfield, G280 crews must first complete the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) approved ground, simulator and aircraft training six months ahead of their first flight to La Môle.

Burns added that no aircraft modifications will be required for approval and the aircraft is already certified to the Federal Aviation Administration’s stringent Stage Five noise standards.

The G280 is on display alongside the Gulfstream G500, Gulfstream G700 and Gulfstream G800 at the 2023 Paris Air Show this week.

Meanwhile, Gulfstream’s G700, appearing at the show for the first time, has been described as a “game-changer by Akbar Al Baker, group chief executive, Qatar Airways. The company’s private jet charter division Qatar Executive has ordered 10 G700s with the first due for delivery later this year.