Gulfstream’s super-midsize G280 added two new speed records during its flight to Shanghai for ABACE 2014, with new city-pair records between Germany and Dubai and then on to Hong Kong.
From Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany the Honeywell HTF7280G-powered twinjet, piloted by Brett Rundle and Bruce Egart, flew 2,751 nm to Dubai International Airport in five hours and 49 minutes, at an average of Mach 0.84. The same crew then flew 3,449 nm to Hong Kong International Airport in seven hours and seven minutes, averaging Mach 0.82.
Once the U.S. National Aeronautic Association approves the new records, they will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records, according to Gulfstream. To date, the G280 has achieved a total of 47 city-pair speed records.
Today at 1:30 p.m. Mandarin Air plans to take delivery of the first G280 to be delivered in China during a ceremony at Gulfstream’s spot on the static display. The Savannah, Georgia-based OEM has delivered more than 25 G280s since the jet entered service in November 2012.