Gulfstream will reveal a brand new business jet next week at the annual US Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition show being staged at Orlando, Florida. The new jet is thought to be a rival for Dassault Falcon’s 5X announced at last year’s show and will replace both the exiting G450 and G550 models.

NBAA 2014The new aircraft is known as ‘P42’ within Gulftream and details have emerged via some of the key suppliers involved in such a complex project as designing and building a cutting edge jet.

For instance, it’s rumoured that the P42 will be powered by a new engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada, breaking a long tradtion within Gulfstream of using Rolls-Royce engines.

It’s expected the P42’s range will be 5,000+ nautical miles to put it on a par with the Falcon 5X. It will also have a Super-Large cabin with all the bells & whistles customers insist on these days, including fast broadband.

Gulfstream G650ER
Gulfstream’s latest jet, the flagship G650ER. Will it be joined by another model soon?

Extended Range G650 certified
Whatever the P42 turns out to be, Gulfstream officials will have broad smiles at NBAA because its latest aircraft, the flagship G650ER has been certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and clears the way for G650ER deliveries to begin.

Gulfstream announced the ultra-long-range aircraft in May and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ER business jets to customers before year-end, ahead of the projected 2015 delivery date.

“We’re excited to get this aircraft into the hands of customers, so they can see just how powerful it is,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “They’ll quickly discover that the G650ER shares many key characteristics with its sister ship, the G650, including a speed-and-range combination that makes it a game-changing aircraft. In short, the G650ER goes farther at faster speeds than any other business jet on the market.”

The new G650ER can travel 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometres 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. Like the G650, the G650ER has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925.

The G650ER shares the same cabin, avionics and systems as the G650. Current G650 owners and order-holders can upgrade their original G650 to a G650ER, which will enable them to take advantage of the additional range capabilities the G650ER provides.

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