Gulfstream G650ER gets surprise launch at EBACE 2014
Steve Cass from Gulfstream Aerospace speaks to the Corporate Jet Investor about the Gulfstream G650ER.
The Gulfstream G650ER can fly an additional 500 nautical miles further than the original Gulfstream G650 – a total range of 6,400 nm at Mach 0.90 and 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85 – which has shifted 65 units to date since Steve Wynn took delivery of the first G650 in December 2012.
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It is believed that the Gulfstream G650ER will cost $66.5 million for a new aircraft or an additional $2 million for existing order holders and customers already operating the G650 to upgrade.
For the latter, it will take around one week for Gulfstream to install a G650 with a retrofitted extended range kit.
Steve Cass, vice president, communications at Gulfstream Aerospace, told Corporate Jet Investor that G650 N650GD (msn 6004), which was retrofitted earlier in the year, has already flown from Los Angeles to Melbourne in under 15 hours and Hong Kong to New York in around 14 hours.
Cass says the extended range of the G650 “makes the aircraft much more robust and capable.”
The Gulfstream G650ER was one of two new business jets launched at EBACE 2014, after Dassault’s Falcon 8X.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) said “attendance at the show was up by more than 7 percent over that for EBACE 2013.”