Gulfstream’s ultra-long range G800 is making its Continental debut this week at EBACE 2023. The twinjet is part of the Savannah, Georgia-based company’s static display featuring every aircraft in its current line-up: the super-midsize G280 and large-cabin G500, G600, G650ER, and G700.
The first G800 flight-test article that’s on display arrived from Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah fueled by a blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from the company’s dedicated supply. To date, all G800 test flights from its headquarters have flown on a SAF blend, the company said.
Announced just ahead of NBAA-BACE 2021, the new twinjet’s appearance in Geneva underscores the program’s rapid advance. “By flying the G800 test aircraft to EBACE 2023, we are demonstrating the maturity of the program,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. The aircraft “presents a compelling combination of high-speed aerodynamics and fuel-efficient engines to decrease emissions and save flying time for our customers."
Promising to be the world’s longest-range business jet when certified, the G800 was designed for enhanced fuel efficiency and can fly 8,000 nm at Mach 0.85, or 7,000 nm at Mach 0.90.
Powered by the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines originally developed for the G700, the G800 mates Gulfstream’s G650 fuselage with new Gulfstream-designed wing and winglets. The cockpit is anchored by Gulfstream’s Symmetry flight deck with active control sidesticks and what the company calls “the most extensive use of touchscreen technology in the industry.”
Symmetry is also featured on the G700, G500, G600, and forthcoming G400, simplifying pilot transitions among the current generation of models.
The cabin can be configured with up to four living areas, with seating for up to 19 passengers and sleeping space for up to 10. Those onboard will enjoy the lowest cabin altitude in the industry, according to Gulfstream (Booth S120, Static AD_08), and a plasma ionization air purification system that delivers 100 percent fresh, non-recirculated air.