Gulfstream Begins Delivering Outfitted G650 Aircraft
First Ultra-Large-Cabin, Ultra-Long-Range Jet Delivered To U.S. Customer
SAVANNAH, Ga., Dec. 20, 2012
SAVANNAH, Ga., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today
delivered its first fully outfitted ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range
Gulfstream G650 aircraft. The first aircraft was delivered to a U.S. customer.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics
"We're extremely proud of this aircraft and the work that's been done by the
G650 design, build and supplier teams," said Larry Flynn, president,
Gulfstream. "The first delivery of an aircraft is always an auspicious
occasion and this one is especially so. This delivery represents the beginning
of a new era in aircraft design and manufacturing in terms of quality,
capabilities, reliability, parts availability and maintenance activities.
"We're thrilled to see the first G650 leave our hangar for a customer's. Soon
the G650 will be a common sight at airports around the world," Flynn said.
Jay L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Gulfstream's parent
corporation, General Dynamics, said, "The G650 sets a new world standard for
business-jet performance, range, speed and comfort. I am very proud of the
Gulfstream team. They have done a superb job in designing and manufacturing
an aircraft that is already the envy of the global market."
Gulfstream recently announced enhanced performance characteristics for the
G650, including more range. The G650 can now travel 6,000 nautical miles
(11,112 km) at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90. This is a 1,000-nm
(1,852-km) increase over the original target of 5,000 nm (9,260 km). The
additional capability makes city pairs such as Tokyo to New York, New York to
Dubai, Shanghai to London and Moscow to Los Angeles possible at speeds faster
than any other business jet.
The G650's takeoff balanced field length decreased to 5,858 feet (1,786 m)
from the original 6,000 feet (1,829 m) at the aircraft's maximum takeoff
weight of 99,600 pounds (45,179 kg). This improvement allows the G650 to fly
farther from demanding, short runways.
The G650 has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.925, making it the fastest
certified civilian aircraft in production. Each of its two Rolls-Royce BR725
A1-12 engines provides 16,900 pounds of thrust, yet the aircraft burns less
fuel and produces fewer emissions than other aircraft.
The G650 cabin includes a number of technologically advanced systems,
including the Gulfstream-designed Cabin Management System, which allows
passengers to use personal electronic devices to control the cabin's
high-definition audio and video components as well as cabin lighting, cabin
temperature, window shades and other cabin functions, including the Gulfstream
CabinView Passenger Flight Information System.
The cabin adheres to Gulfstream's Cabin Essential design philosophy. This
means the cabin systems (lighting, power, cabin control, cabin entertainment,
and the water and waste systems) are designed with redundancy that minimizes
the risk of losing cabin functionality.
The G650 earned its type certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration on Sept. 7, 2012.
NOTE TO EDITORS
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, designs, develops, manufactures, markets,
services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business-jet
aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft for customers
around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the
future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the
wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150^®; the new large-cabin, mid-range
Gulfstream G280^®; the large-cabin, long-range G450^®; the large-cabin,
ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550^® and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range
G650^®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream
Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales^®. The company employs more than 12,500 people at 12
major locations. We invite you to visit our website for more information and
photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately
93,700 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation;
land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding
and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More
information about General Dynamics is available online at www.gd.com.
SOURCE Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
Contact: Media: Heidi Fedak, Gulfstream, +1-912-395-8574, Investors: Amy
Gilliland, General Dynamics, +1-703-876-3748
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