LONDON – Gulfstream Aerospace Cooperation announced on the 29th of June that they have successfully concluded the test flight of its supposedly new flagship aircraft, the Gulfstream G800.
This is an important milestone for the company as this aircraft is one of the most capable long-haul private jets in the market yet to date.
The G800 program was launched in October 2021, alongside its medium-haul range aircraft, the G400. Both the G800 and the G400 will be Gulfstream’s latest next-generation fleet to join the manufactures family of aircraft.
Gulfstream’s fleet profile is stronger than ever.
The new G800 flagship jet took off from its home base at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 9:00 a.m where it conducted two hours long worth of test flights and landed safely afterward.
The flight itself, used a bled of SAF (sustainable aviation fuel), demonstrating the aircraft’s capability in the use of future-proof technology, and the company’s commitment to green and clean energy.
Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream “When the first G800 test aircraft rolled out at our announcement last fall, we changed the game once again for our industry.”
“At Gulfstream, working closely with our customers allows us to continuously build on our successes and develop aircraft that exceed their expectations.”
“The G800 pushes the boundaries of performance even further with Gulfstream-designed aerodynamics and cabin technology, and we look forward to our customers benefiting from the longer range at higher speeds in our exceptional cabin environment.”
The new flagship can fly as long as 8,000 nautical miles, which is equivalent to 14,816 kilometers at its cruising speed of Mach 0.85.
However, at high speeds at Mach 0.90, the aircraft range drops to 7,000 nautical miles or 12,964.
These speeds and range are credited to the new Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines. The new powertrain is designed for perfection and efficiency.
The G800 is also designed with its advanced high-speed wing speed to reduce drag.
Burns added “We have announced eight new aircraft in the past decade, strategically timed to capture market demand “We are seeing great interest in the G800, and this first flight brings us even closer to delivering a Gulfstream for every mission.”
The G800 also shines on the inside. The aircraft boasts the latest technology designed and crafted by Gulfstream.
This includes hand-made ergonomic seats, hand-crafted, ergonomic seats, a high-definition circadian lighting system, 100% fresh, a very low cabin altitude, a plasma-ionization air purification system and 16 windows which is the largest in the industry.
The aircraft can take up to 19 passengers, and in its most private configuration, can have four multi-purpose areas.
The new G800 is well ahead of its greatest competitor, the Global 8000 in terms of launching and the showcasing of its product, which was launched at the EBACE in Geneva.