Gulfstream officials yesterday got a chuckle out of claims by rival Bombardier that the Canadian manufacturer’s Global 5000 business jet beat their own Savannah, Georgia-built G450 on a recent speed-record flight.
Bombardier officials on Saturday flew nonstop 3,510 nm from Palwaukee Airport northeast of Chicago to Le Bourget in 7 hours 15 minutes. That was four minutes faster than a G450 record flight three weeks ago. However, Bombardier officials intimated to members of the press shortly after the G5000 record trip that the Gulfstream flight departed Chicago O’Hare Airport and traveled a slightly shorter distance to London Luton Airport.
After these claims were included in an article about Bombardier’s record flight that ran in yesterday’s Aviation International News, a Gulfstream spokesman was more than happy to point out that the G450, in fact, traveled from DuPage Airport west of Chicago and flew a nonstop distance of 3,550 nm, some 40 nm longer than the Bombardier flight.