Gulfstream Aerospace recently 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 of this year. The aircraft received type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) five months later.
The G650ER travels near the speed of sound with a max speed of Mach 0.925. At Mach 0.85, it can carry passengers 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometres, and at Mach 0.90, 6,400nm/11,853km. It offers more nonstop connections such as Hong Kong to New York, and Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia. This represents an increase of up to 500 nm/926 km over the range of the G650, which entered service in 2012.
The G650ER shares the same cabin, avionics and systems as the G650. Current G650 owners can upgrade their original G650 to a G650ER, which will enable them to take advantage of the additional range.