Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that it has manufactured the 100th G650. The ultra-long-range business jet was delivered to a customer on Nov. 14, 2014.
“The production of the 100th G650 is a testament to the demand for this amazing aircraft,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “It truly set a new world standard for performance, range, speed, safety and comfort when it entered into service in December 2012. The completion of the 100th aircraft also speaks volumes about the skilled employees who build these planes.”
The G650 was announced on March 13, 2008, and took its first flight on November 25, 2009. The aircraft was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration on September 7, 2012, and by the European Aviation Safety Agency on December 21, 2012.
The aircraft can fly near the speed of sound, with a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. It has a range of 6,000 nautical miles/11,112 kilometers at Mach 0.90 or 7,000 nm/12,964 km at Mach 0.85. It can connect passengers nonstop from London to Los Angeles and Beijing to New York.
“Since it entered service, the G650 has proven it is a performance leader,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G650 has claimed 42 speed records and secured an around-the-world speed record. It’s more fuel-efficient than many other aircraft, offers customers one of the most comfortable cabin experiences and is equipped with industry-leading safety features.”
The G650 has the largest business-jet cabin and provides passengers with wider seats, more aisle room and the ability to control the cabin entertainment, temperature and lighting with a smart device, such as an iPhone® or iPod®. The large windows, quiet cabin and low cabin altitude improve comfort and reduce fatigue. Passengers have the ability to work, connect to the Internet or relax before arriving at their destination.
The G650 features the PlaneView II cockpit, which includes standard state-of-the-art Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II and the Gulfstream Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD). EVS provides pilots with real-time images of the aircraft’s surroundings and greatly improves situational awareness in low-visibility conditions. In zero-visibility conditions, pilots can rely on SV-PFD to understand the position of the aircraft in relation to the runway, terrain or obstacles. Gulfstream was the first to implement these safety technologies in business jets.
The G650 is certified in 12 countries and has more than 33,500 flight hours. Gulfstream recently delivered the first fully outfitted G650ER to a customer. It shares the same cabin, avionics and systems as its sister ship, the G650. The G650ER travels farther at faster speeds than any other business jet on the market. At Mach 0.85, it can carry passengers 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers, and at Mach 0.90, 6,400 nm/11,853 km.
Current G650 owners and order-holders can upgrade their G650 to a G650ER.