Signs Point To Gulfstream G250 Launch Soon

 - August 21, 2008, 11:57 AM

Two weeks before Gulfstream Aerospace unveiled the G650 on March 13, a JP Morgan analyst report said the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer would launch two new aircraft models this year. It now appears that the launch of this second new Gulfstream–the G250, a successor to the super-midsize G200–is nearing and could possibly come at the NBAA Convention in October. Gulfstream has trademarked the model names G225, G250 and G275, but indications are that the company has chosen the G250 moniker. Boynton Beach, Fla.-based Aircraft Investment Group, which specializes in sales of pre-owned Gulfstreams, lists the G250 as part of the “full line of Gulfstream private jets.” Further, a Google search reveals that Gulfstream has set up a microsite for the G250, which is currently blank but presumably will contain specifics once the model is officially unveiled. The G250 is expected to address some of the G200’s shortcomings, namely range and runway performance, by incorporating a redesigned wing leading edge, complete with a bleed-air anti-icing system, and a new T-tail, industry sources told AIN. The new model is also said to have Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. “Gulfstream is constantly looking at ways and means to improve our products and our services for our customers,” a spokesman said. “If, when and as we have any announcement to make about new products or services, AIN will be among the first to know.”