Gulfstream G650 is five years old
Gulfstream Aerospace is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its G650 business jet.
The G650 received its FAA type certificate on 7 September 2012, and entered service on 20 December 2012. There are currently 250 G650s in service, operating in 40 countries.
The aircraft has a nonstop range of 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 km at Mach 0.90 and 7,000/12,964 at Mach 0.85, putting it at the top end of the business jet market.
In a flight test, the G650 exceeded the original range projections, allowing Gulfstream to announce enhanced range of 6,000 nm/11,112 km at Mach 0.90. In May 2014, the company introduced the Gulfstream G650ER, an extended-range variant of the G650, with the ability to travel 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90 and 7,500/13,890 at Mach 0.85.
According to Gulfstream, the G650 had one of business aviation’s most successful product launches, with more than 200 firm orders following its introduction.
Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream, said: “The G650 set a new standard in business aviation, whether for its unmatched range and payload, industry-low cabin sound levels, or its award-winning four-living-area interior. It has redefined what business jet operators could expect from their aircraft.”