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Ultra long-range Gulfstream G650ER business jet sets new record

Dal Kikin
April 9, 2019

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER once again proved its unrivaled performance, beating a recent competitor speed record while at the same time increasing the distance flown for the farthest business jet flight in history.

The G650ER flew from Singapore to Tucson, Ariz., at an average speed of 597 miles per hour/960 kilometers per hour over a distance of 8,379 nautical miles/15,518 kilometers. The G650ER's performance beat the previous record by 44 minutes and more than 225 nm/417 km, asserting the aircraft's title for flying farther faster than any other jet. 

The G650ER departed Singapore's Changi Airport at 4:53 p.m. local time March 29, crossing the Pacific at an average speed of Mach 0.85 and arriving in Tucson at 5:16 p.m. local time March 29, with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves. The flight took 15 hours and 23 minutes.

"The G650ER has no equal when it comes to its incredible combination of speed and range," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Aerospace. "Worldwide, you just can't go farther faster, and this record proves it. With 350 aircraft in service, the G650 and G650ER show day in and day out that they are class-creating and -leading aircraft that set the standard when they were announced and continue to do so today. Simply put, all others follow."

Since the G650ER entered service in 2014, it has demonstrated both its real-world performance capabilities and exceptional comfort. Gulfstream engineers have partnered with a customer advisory board to create an aircraft capable of setting a new standard for business travel. Engineers decided to achieve higher rates in each area. The long, unrestricted wings of the G650 completely changed the aerodynamics of the aircraft, forming a highly efficient aerodynamic profile, which ensures a fast and incredibly smooth flight.

As a result, the Gulfstream G650 flies thousands of miles at a speed of more than 92% of the speed of sound and with the accuracy guaranteed by an electric remote control system. The same innovative approach led to the creation of a quieter, spacious and comfortable cabin, full of advanced technologies.

The largest passenger cabin in its class, a width of 2.59 meters (8 feet 6 inches), helps create an extremely comfortable space for 19 passengers.

Sixteen large panoramic windows, Gulfstream, measuring 28 by 20.5 inches / 71 by 52 cm each, fill the cabin with sunlight even in the galley. All windows on the fuselage are raised for maximum visibility.

A longer and wider interior, as well as a flexible design solution, provide for a larger number of design configurations for meetings, entertainment events and recreation. A convection oven, large ice crates, and special storage space for cutlery and crystalware increase the power options on board. After lunch, you can relax in the handmade, deep leather chair. Or retire in an individual suite.

When designing the G650, engineers thought through every element - even the air that passengers breathe. The G650 has the lowest barometric altitude among all business jets, and every two minutes absolutely fresh air enters the cabin.

At a cruising altitude of 12,497 m (41,000 feet), a comfortable pressure is maintained in the cabin, corresponding to an altitude of 1003 meters (3,290 feet). Such an indicator of height is more than twice lower than in commercial aircraft and significantly exceeds the height of any aircraft in its class from a third-party manufacturer (not Gulfstream). A lower cabin height means that the heart and lungs do not need to work very intensively to saturate blood with oxygen, which reduces fatigue of passengers and ensures that they will feel more rested and active upon arrival.