Gulfstream Aerospace continues to amass speed records with its fleet of mid-cabin and ultra-long-range aircraft, the latest of which involves a 10-hour and 29-minute journey between Shanghai and Seattle in a G550. That record is the 55th for the G550 alone, and among 269 that the in-production Gulfstream portfolio has accumulated.
In the latest G550 announced event, the aircraft took off from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 2:09 p.m. local time on April 19 and landed at Seattle’s King County International Airport-Boeing Field, at 9:38 a.m. local time. The G550 averaged a speed of Mach 0.85 during the 5,123-nm trip.
Once the record is approved by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, Gulfstream will present the city-pair record to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for world-record recognition.
Gulfstream has delivered more than 575 G550s since the model entered service in 2003. Since that time, the fleet has topped 1.8 million flight hours. With a maximum range of 6,750 nm at long-range cruise of Mach 0.80, the 19-passenger G550 has become a choice for numerous governments for special missions that range from personnel transport; open patrol; high-altitude atmospheric research; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and air ambulance, among others.
“The G550 never fails to impress as it continues to break records and uphold its lasting reputation, demonstrating why the G550 is a consistent choice for business aviation and special missions operations,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns.