Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today it has manufactured the 100th G650. The ultra-long-range business jet was delivered to a customer on Nov. 14.
“The production of the 100th G650 is a testament to the demand for this amazing aircraft,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “It truly set a new world standard for performance, range, speed, safety and comfort when it entered into service in December 2012.
“The completion of the 100th aircraft also speaks volumes about the skilled employees who build these planes.”
The G650 was announced on March 13, 2008, and took its first flight on Nov. 25, 2009. The aircraft was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration on September 7, 2012, and by the European Aviation Safety Agency on December 21, 2012.
Gulfstream also announced it has delivered the first fully outfitted G650ER business jet to a customer, ahead of the 2015 projected delivery date. “It’s a good day when you can deliver on your promises ahead of schedule,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “Our customers have been waiting for the G650ER, the business jet that travels farther at faster speeds than any other business jet on the market. This aircraft delivers speed and range, providing passengers a world-class travel experience. “The G650ER, by all definitions, is the industry leader.”
Gulfstream announced the G650ER in May and received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration five months later.
“In today’s fast-paced world, our customers need to travel longer legs at faster speeds,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, Gulfstream. “We are proud to be able to offer a product that meets the needs of our customers. I commend our employees, from engineering to manufacturing, who have worked to develop and design such a superior aircraft.”
The G650ER travels near the speed of sound with a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. At Mach 0.85, it can carry passengers 7,500 nautical miles and at Mach 0.90, 6,400 nautical miles.