Gulfstream Celebrates 200th G200
Amid much fanfare, the 200th Gulfstream G200 rolled out yesterday at Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) manufacturing plant at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. “This is a historic moment for Gulfstream and IAI,” said Gulfstream Aerospace president Joe Lombardo. “Manufacturing 200 aircraft of a single model is a significant accomplishment.” IAI manufactures both the super-midsize G200 and midsize G150 for Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream, which acquired the aircraft lines when it bought Galaxy Aerospace in 2001. The G200, introduced in 1997 as the Galaxy, received certification in December 1998 and entered service in January 2000. Since then, Gulfstream has made significant improvements to the aircraft, including a cabin redesign and a sound-proofing package that reduced cabin noise levels three to five decibels. But, according to industry sources, the improvements will not stop there, with Gulfstream widely expected to announce a derivative aircraft, tentatively dubbed the G250, this fall at the NBAA Convention. Gulfstream would not comment on any future plans for a G200 successor.