The super-midsize Gulfstream G280 on display here this week in Dubai broke a city-pair speed record en route to the airshow, bringing the aircraft’s records total to more than 30. Its record run started at 5:23 p.m. on Friday, when the jet departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport with Gulfstream pilots Jason Willis and Marilyn Whicker at the controls. The twinjet flew the 3,356-nm (6,215-km) flight to Al Maktoum International Airport in 7 hours 34 minutes, averaging Mach 0.80.
This is the second G280 city-pair record to the Middle East this year. In March, the aircraft flew from Singapore to Abu Dhabi in 7 hours 40 minutes, also averaging Mach 0.80 for the 3,301-nm (6,113-km) flight. Other speed records include Paris to New York in 7 hours 41 minutes; Savannah, Georgia, to London in 7 hours 24 minutes; and Honolulu to Savannah in 8 hours 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, Gulfstream (Chalet A10, A11) last week celebrated the first anniversary of the G280’s entry into service and said that, to date, around 20 G280s had been delivered. Gulfstream announced the program in October 2008 and the jet’s first flight took place just over a year later. Three aircraft participated in the flight-test program, logging a total of 2,150 hours on nearly 800 excursions. Gulfstream delivered its first G280 on Nov. 14, 2012.
Overall, Gulfstream maintains a 45-percent market share for large-cabin jets–such as its new 650 model–in the Middle East, with 83 of its aircraft based in the region. The Gulfstream fleet has grown by more than 20 percent in the past five years, the company said.