Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range flagship G650ER has set another city-pair speed record, flying from Singapore to San Francisco in 13 hours and 37 minutes. The flight, which departed Changi Airport, traveled the 7,475-nm route at an average speed of Mach 0.87. The flight was the last of a seven-leg mission that set speed records on each leg.
“To Gulfstream, leading the class means continually demonstrating to customers that their ultra-long-range missions are possible at the fastest speeds,” said company president Mark Burns. “Even after more than 85 records, we will continue to illustrate this real-world performance.”
The G650ER was joined in Toluca, Mexico, this week by the Savannah airframer’s new large-cabin G500, which made its debut in the static display at the annual AeroExpo. The G500 entered service last year and Gulfstream now has delivered more than 10.
“The G500 visited Toluca last year as part of a 44-city, 18-country world tour, receiving rave reviews,” noted Burns. “We are excited about its return to the market and its AeroExpo debut.”
Next up for the G500 is the 2019 Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition, which will take place next week in Kigali, Rwanda. There it will join the OEM’s super-midsize G280 at the static display at Kigali International Airport.
February 22, 2019 - 2:17pm
This may be a record for a business aircraft, but UA 2 has been flying this route faster. On 1-4-19 they flew it in 13:10 according to flight aware. Since January 1 they beat this record at least 12 times.