Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has unveiled the new G650ER, an ultra-long-range aircraft that can travel 7,500 nm/13,890 km at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90. This represents an increase of up to 500 nm/926 km over the range of the G650, which entered service in 2012.
“The G650ER provides our customers with greater mission flexibility and the longest range of any business jet,” says Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “It’s the only business aircraft in the world capable of travelling 7,500 nm. This opens up significant non-stop city pairs, including New York (US) to Hong Kong, Dallas (US) to Dubai (UAE) and San Francisco (US) to Delhi (India). G650ER owners in Dubai will be able to reach most of the contiguous US. From Hong Kong, operators can connect with the Eastern Seaboard of the US. Thanks to the G650ER, the world just got a little smaller.”
A Gulfstream G650ER set two speed records during flight testing earlier this year. The aircraft flew 6,947 nm/12,866 km from Los Angeles International Airport in the US to Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia, at an average speed of Mach 0.86. It landed with fuel well in excess of the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) instrument flight rules (IFR) reserves. The flight, into head winds as high as 13 knots, took 14 hours and 58 minutes.
After positioning to Hong Kong, the G650ER flew 7,494 nm/13,879 km to Teterboro in New Jersey, accomplishing the 14-hour and 7-minute journey at an average speed of Mach 0.865 and again landing with fuel in excess of NBAA IFR reserves. The two records are pending approval by the National Aeronautic Association and, once approved, will be forwarded to the Fédération Aéronautique International for confirmation as world records.
“The capabilities of the G650ER are due in part to its twin Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the latest and most advanced member of the BR700 engine series,” says Russell Buxton, President, Civil Small and Medium Engines, Rolls-Royce. “The BR725 incorporates technology from the market-leading Trent widebody engine family and was designed with excellent fuel efficiency and ample thrust margins that support the G650ER’s enhanced performance.”
The G650ER will share the same cabin, avionics and systems as the G650 and is undergoing Federal Aviation Administration certification. Current G650 owners and order-holders will be able to upgrade their original G650 to a G650ER beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
In other news, Gulfstream announced that the 300th customer has enrolled in its cost-per-hour maintenance programme, PlaneParts. The customer, charter provider EWA West of California, will operate a Gulfstream G650.
PlaneParts has proven to be a very popular programme for our customers since we started it in October 2010,” says Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream Product Support. “PlaneParts provides predictable maintenance costs for scheduled and unscheduled events. That is a great asset when it comes to budgeting.”
During the term of the operator’s aircraft warranty, PlaneParts provides Gulfstream operators with replacement components for parts removed for life limit or wear in exchange for monthly payments based on their aircraft’s flying hours. Examples of these components are oxygen bottles, battery packs, Firex bottles, oxygen masks, squibs, wheels, starter generators, horizontal stabiliser actuators, tyres and brakes.
After the warranty period, PlaneParts extends this coverage to most components for unscheduled events, including avionics, mechanical airframe components, hydraulic airframe components, landing gear components, windshields, oxygen lines and items that need to be replaced, per mandatory service bulletins.
For the G650, G550, G450, G280 and G150 upon entry-into-service, PlaneParts offers optional coverage for some aircraft systems installed during final-phase manufacturing. These include water and waste, entertainment and in-flight information, Broad Band Multi-Link, Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System II, in-flight phones and satellite television.
In short, PlaneParts gives peace of mind to operators by offering a smooth, predictable budget, risk protection and single-source component ordering from the company’s vast product support network, which includes 24/7 aircraft-on-ground assistance.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,200 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the G150, G280, G450, G550, G650, and G650ER. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales. The company employs more than 14,000 people at 12 major locations.
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