Crediting participation in LABACE for much of its success in the Latin American aviation market, Gulfstream Aerospace is at the show this year with a broad representation of its range of business jets: the G550, G450 and the G150.
“Since 2006, the Gulfstream fleet has nearly tripled in Latin America,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn. “Part of that growth can be attributed to our participation in LABACE, where we demonstrate first-hand to customers our aircrafts’ tremendous capabilities.”
The Gulfstream fleet in Brazil has increased from nine aircraft in 2006 to 36 airplanes today, three-quarters of which are large-cabin, long-range jets suitable for longer trips to Europe or Asia.
The G150 has a mid-size cabin, a max cruise speed of Mach 0.88 and a max range of 3,000 nm. The G450 is a large-cabin, long-range jet, with a max cruise speed of Mach 0.88 and maximum range of 4,450 nm. The G550 is also a large-cabin business jet with a max speed of Mach 0.885 and a maximum ultra-long range of 6,750 nm.
Flynn also noted that Gulfstream’s commitment to the Latin American market includes an expansion of its support facilities. The new Gulfstream Brazil center in Sorocaba, less than a two-hour drive west of São Paulo, is a 24,000-sq-ft hangar that can accommodate a mix of four to six large-cabin and midsize aircraft. It also houses 8,000 sq ft of offices and a 3,000-sq-ft bonded parts warehouse.
The company recently appointed Edgar Orsi as general manager of Gulfstream Brazil. Orsi spent seven years in São Paulo as South American aftermarket sales manager for Honeywell. Brazilian customers, said Gulfstream product support president Mark Burns, will “surely benefit from his in-depth avionics background as well as familiarity with the Brazilian customer.”
Sorocaba is certified to perform maintenance, repairs and alterations on all Brazil-registered Gulfstream aircraft. It is also authorized to support U.S.-registered Gulfstream aircraft with FAA-certified technicians.
Flynn did not fail to mention the new G650 super-large cabin jet, now in the process of completing final FAA type certification and due to enter service later this year. “It establishes a new class, with unparalleled capability, including a top speed of Mach 0.925,” he added.
“The imperative to conduct business internationally will not change,” said Flynn, looking forward. “That means that Brazil and other countries will need the kind of high performance, long-range aircraft we provide.”