Gulfstream Aerospace recently celebrated the achievements of its soon-to-be certified G700 at its Manhattan sales and design center. The first two production G700s recently completed a world tour, with stops in some 20 countries. By going out into the field, customers were able to view and provide feedback on what Gulfstream claims is the widest, tallest, and longest cabin available on any business jet.
Over the course of the world tour, the aircraft achieved 25 speed records that have been validated by the National Aeronautic Association. Notable record runs include Savannah to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 12 hours 36 minutes; Istanbul, Turkey, to Vietnam’s Van Don International Airport in 9 hours 2 minutes; Riyadh to Melbourne, Australia, in 13 hours 39 minutes; and Christchurch, New Zealand, to Los Angeles in 12 hours 13 minutes. The former two were flown at Mach 0.90, while the latter two were at Mach 0.87. The 25 speed records are pending approval by the National Aeronautic Association and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
The G700 can fly on trips of up to 7500 nautical miles, so passengers will appreciate the intricate interior lighting system that simulates sunrise and sunset, and is meant to help adjust the human body’s circadian rhythms. The aircraft’s 100 percent fresh-air system and a cabin altitude of about 2,900 feet at 41,000 feet help travelers arrive refreshed, even when flying long city pairs such as New York to Beijing.