Gulfstream G650 Sets Shanghai-Newark City-pair Record

 - May 16, 2013, 3:10 PM

A Gulfstream G650 set a city-pair speed record last month on a flight between Shanghai and Newark, N.J., flying the 6,855-nm route in 13 hours and 32 minutes, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The jet took off from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on April 18 carrying five passengers and four crewmembers. ATC restrictions kept the G650 below FL310 for the first hour before it was cleared to climb to its normal cruising altitude of FL410 to FL510. The aircraft cruised at speeds between Mach 0.85 and 0.88, resulting in an average speed of 506 knots.