Gulfstream Aerospace is here with its entire line of business jets, hoping to keep its Asia Pacific fleet growing after a spectacular surge over the 2008-2014 period. On the static display, airshow visitors can see the G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650 models, with the super-midsize G280 and the ultra long-range G650 being debutants at the Singapore Airshow. The airframer is continuing to invest in its sales force and product support offering in the region, Roger Sperry, senior regional v-p international sales told AIN.
Gulfstream Aerospace has opened a sales and design center in Dallas. The 9,300-sq-ft facility allows customers to see and evaluate potential paint schemes, cabin layouts and interior cabin selections. At the heart of the offerings is a software design program.
Gulfstream Aerospace has made enhancements to its field and airborne support teams (Fast), the company’s program that helps Gulfstream operators in aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations by dispatching technicians and maintenance engineers by airplane, train or automobile.
The company recently upgraded its Fast aircraft, replacing two Gulfstream G100s with two G150s. The aircraft transport technicians and flight-essential parts across the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Gulfstream maintains a G100 as a backup for the airborne maintenance service.
Rolls-Royce has named ExecuJet Service Centre in Dubai, UAE, an authorized service center to perform engine line maintenance, removals and installations on Rolls-Royce BR710 and AE3007A powerplants. The BR710 powers the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000, and the AE3007A is on Embraer’s Legacy 600 and 650.
Jet Aviation Dubai has been authorized to provide base and line maintenance for the Boeing 737 700/800, Embraer 135/145, Falcon 900EX EASy, Gulfstream IV/V/450 and Hawker 800/900 in addition to its existing approval for Falcon 7X/2000 line maintenance. Jet Aviation Dubai’s maintenance and FBO location was established in May 2005 as a joint venture company with the AL Mulla Group.
The facility has 45,192 sq ft of hangar space, a workshop area of 10,760 sq ft, and a two-story, 11,300-sq-ft FBO building.
The number of Gulfstream jets in the Asia Pacific region has more than tripled in the last six years, according to the Savannah, Georgia-based airframer. At its press conference here at ABACE on Monday, Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream, noted that the number of the company’s large-cabin twinjets in the region has risen from 50 to 169 since 2007. Overall, the manufacturer, which claims 63 percent of the large-cabin market and 65 percent of the super-midsize market, has 208 aircraft based in the area, including 61 in mainland China and 45 in Hong Kong.
Gulfstream’s newest jets–the super-midsize G280 and wide-cabin G650–are making their China debut at ABACE, which officially opens tomorrow at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. “We’re excited to bring the G650 and G280, as well as the G150, G450 and G550 to China for our customers to see in person,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal. “Bringing these five aircraft here demonstrates the commitment we’ve made to China and reflects our belief in the strength of this market.”
Gulfstream Aerospace said the two fleet-leading G150s, which are both owned and operated by a U.S.-based multinational energy company, recently combined to surpass 10,000 flight hours. This achievement was accomplished without incident and took only five years, Gulfstream noted. The midsize business jet entered service in August 2006, and some 100 G150s are flying with operators in the U.S., Canada, Central America, South America, Europe and Asia. The entire fleet has accumulated more than 130,000 flight hours and more than 90,000 landings.
Safe Flight Instrument’s AutoPower autothrottle system has made its way onto the Gulfstream G150 (and via retrofit the G200). The STCed system, available as a factory-new option or via retrofit from authorized Gulfstream service centers, can extend the aircraft’s range or payload with its fuel savings. “You can take one extra passenger and his bags on a flight because of the fuel savings from the AutoPower system,” said sales manager Ken Bannon.
Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced product-specific mobile applications for each type currently in production. The apps for the Gulfstream G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650 are available now in the Apple App Store.
Each app features interactive elements, including an introduction to the aircraft in the form of an interactive brochure; an interactive worldwide city-pair range map; worldwide product support information; and an extensive photo gallery.
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