As the Gulfstream G500 and G600 close in on expected FAA approvals—midyear for the former and by year-end for the latter—the twinjets have each racked up transpacific flight records in their respective weight classes, Gulfstream Aerospace announced today.
On April 20, the G500 and G600 flew from Shanghai to Honolulu at an average speed of Mach 0.90. The G500 made the flight in 8 hours and 34 minutes, with the G600 taking just one minute longer. The following day, the sister airplanes flew from Honolulu to Gulfstream's headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. At an average speed of Mach 0.90, the G500 accomplished the flight in 7 hours and 44 minutes. The G600 clocked in at 7 hours and 49 minutes.
“Gulfstream customers are accustomed to flying practically anywhere in the world at record speeds, and the G500 and G600 have been doing just that as they near certification,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “These records showcase the real-world capabilities of these impressive aircraft.”
The city-pair records are pending confirmation with the National Aeronautic Association, Gulfstream said.