Long-range Gulfstreams Make Short Hops

 - March 7, 2007, 4:53 AM

Despite the long range they’re capable of, the G550 and G500 might be making many more short hops than long-distance flights. According to Gulfstream, the worldwide G550/500 fleet recently logged its 100,000th flight hour, along with 40,000 takeoff and landing cycles, since the model’s debut in 2003. Despite their nonstop range of approximately 6,000 nm, the jets aren’t generally up for long, averaging just 2.5 hours per flight. Currently, there are 116 of the aircraft in service.