The EASA has approved Gulfstream’s London Luton Airport service center for maintenance on the G280. This comes after the Luton facility was approved for the G650 last year; both new jets entered service in late 2012. “Gulfstream Luton’s ability to work on our newest aircraft brings an added level of convenience to G650 and G280 operators based in Europe,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support. “With our factory-trained technicians and the addition of G650- and G280-specific tooling, we are well equipped to meet our customers’ maintenance needs.”
The second Gulfstream G650 to sell on the pre-owned market sold for $70 million via The Jet Business in London earlier this month. The private individual who took delivery of the new wide-cabin jet in July sold it to a Japanese property group for a profit of approximately $10 million. Steve Varsano, owner of The Jet Business, said he is currently in negotiations to sell another G650, “hopefully within the short term.” Gulfstream enforces strict anti-speculation clauses on its aircraft until they have been delivered.
Gulfstream Aerospace said today at NBAA 2013 that its G650 broke the westbound, around-the-world record for a non-supersonic aircraft, making the trip in 41 hours 7 minutes. This bested the previous record by about four hours. With just three fuel stops, the G650 averaged 568.5 miles per hour over the 20,310-nm trip in early July. Tom Horne, Gulfstream senior experimental test pilot, served as pilot-in-command for the record flight; he was accompanied by Gulfstream pilots Bud Ball, John McGrath, Ross Oetje and Eric Parker.
Rolls-Royce (Booth No. C8134) is here touting the benefits of its CorporateCare program, which covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the manufacturer’s business jet engines–the BR710, BR725, AE3007 and Tay 611.
Over the past six years, Gulfstream Aerospace has enjoyed seven-fold growth in the Russia and CIS market, with the number of its aircraft based in the region rising from 11 in 2007 to 76 as of the end of June this year. According to Trevor Esling, the U.S. manufacturer’s senior vice president for international sales, this year’s first half proved to be the slowest period for Russia and CIS sales since the financial crisis of 2009 briefly unsettled this growth market. But he has high hopes for an uptick in the remainder of this year.
Jet Aviation Flight Services has added its first Gulfstream G650 to its Part 135 certificate. The wide-cabin, ultra-long-range twinjet, which is available for charter, is being managed by Jet Aviation’s Van Nuys office. The charter G650 accommodates up to 13 passengers and has a range of up to 7,000 nm. This is the second known G650 to be added to the fleet at a U.S.
Phebe Novakovic, CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, says that Gulfstream has remedied the production/completion “disequilibrium” (her word at the time) that slowed initial deliveries of the G650. Speaking this morning at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference in Chicago, she said approximately 30 copies of the airframer’s new flagship had to undergo retrofits in the completions process to comply with FAA certification requirements.
Million Air Dallas, which took delivery of a Gulfstream G650 on May 20, is now the first operator to have one of these ultra-long-range jets available for charter. Its wide-cabin jet is configured for up to 13 passengers and has a private crew-rest area to take advantage of the aircraft’s 7,000-nm range. In preparation for delivery of the new aircraft, Million Air Dallas built a new charter passenger terminal at Addison Airport, as well as a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar that houses the G650.