Gulfstream update on G280 programme
Performance will exceed expectations
Gulfstream Aerospace announced that the
final performance specifications for the Gulfstream G280 will exceed the
capabilities originally announced at the programme’s public launch in 2008.
Following extensive flight testing,
Gulfstream has demonstrated that the G280 flies 3,600 nm (6,667 km) with four
passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR reserves.
“Demonstrating a 200-nautical-mile increase
in range is testimony to both the excellent aerodynamic characteristics of the
aircraft and the fuel efficiency of the Honeywell HTF7250G propulsion system,”
said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test,
With its increased range, the G280 can fly
nonstop from London to New
York or Singapore
to Dubai. With
just one stop, the G280 can link Las Vegas and London or Las Vegas and Tokyo.
“At certification, the G280 will lead its
category in every significant aspect of performance and comfort,” said Larry
Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “It offers the largest cabin, flies farther and
uses less runway. In fact, it flies farther, faster and uses less fuel than the
G200 it replaces.”
In addition to more range, the aircraft
offers a shorter balanced field length. Its balanced field length has been
reduced from 4,960 feet (1,512 m) to 4,750 feet (1,448 m). This field length is
an improvement of more than 1,300 feet compared to the G200 it replaces.
“The G280 will offer unsurpassed mission
flexibility for a business jet of this size,” Flynn said.