With FAA type certification of its new G650 and G280 in hand, Gulfstream is stepping up efforts to ensure that it meets its goal of making first customer deliveries during the last three months of this year. “We are focused on ensuring that deliveries start in the fourth quarter,” Gulfstream president Larry Flynn told AIN today at Jet Expo 2012 in Moscow. He added that G650 deliveries to Russian customers are scheduled to begin during the first few months of next year.
One of the few Western business aircraft manufacturer presidents attending Jet Expo, Flynn told journalists at Moscow Vnukovo Airport that both the G650 and G280 have sold well in Russia and Eastern Europe. He said that Gulfstream’s presence in the Russian market in particular started growing at a significant rate in 2007 and has continued through this year.
“The Russian market has been an extremely important market for Gulfstream,” Flynn said. “So here I am and I want to make sure that Gulfstream senior leadership comes to meet local customers and stay abreast of market conditions.”
Flynn told AIN that the G650, with its wide cabin and ultra-long range, is by far Gulfstream’s strongest-selling model in Russia. The U.S. company has now sold more than 200 of the $64.5 million jets worldwide, and the next available G650 delivery slot is in the second quarter of 2017.