Article by Chad Trautvetter, September 20, 2017
More than 250 Gulfstream G650/650ERs have been delivered globally since the the G650 achieved FAA type certification five years ago, the Savannah, Georgia-based company said yesterday. When the ultra-long-range, wide-cabin business jet was launched in March 2008, it had one of business aviation’s most successful product launches, with more than 200 firm orders following the aircraft’s introduction.
With a nonstop range of 7,000 nm, the aircraft established a position at the top end of the business jet market, which it still retains today, according to industry experts. “Gulfstream leadership was prescient, identifying a ‘top of the market’ opportunity that they were uniquely positioned to seize,” said JetNet iQ managing director Rolland Vincent. “The G650 is a transformational aircraft for Gulfstream as it continues a multi-year transition to all-new platforms.”
Gulfstream president Mark Burns said, “The G650 set a new standard in business aviation” for its range and payload, low cabin-noise levels and four-zone cabin. “It has redefined what business jet operators could expect from their aircraft,” he said.
The G650 also is the fastest non-supersonic jet to circumnavigate the globe, having flown westbound around the world in a record-setting 41 hours and 7 minutes and claiming 22 city-pair speed records along the way. In total, the G650 and G650ER have set 65 city-pair records. The G650 also earned the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy.
“Many customers and prospects consider the Gulfstream brand and the G650 in particular to be aspirational,” concluded Vincent. “This is a powerful and formidable market position.”