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G550 Sets Records...

Gulfstream is staying busy by using a new G550 bizjet to set a series of city-pair speed records over the last month. Most recently, the company launched a G550 from New York City to Kuwait City. The record-setting flight departed John F. Kennedy International Airport at 4:51 p.m. EST on Jan. 16, flew nonstop for 10 hours, 56 minutes, and landed at Kuwait International Airport at 11:47 a.m. local time on Jan. 17. The flight covered 5,757 nautical miles at an average ground speed of 527 knots. Earlier, a G550 flew three different flights, including: Savannah, Ga., to Dubai, a distance of 6,554 nm, in 13:47, for an average ground speed of 482 knots; Dubai to Hong Kong, 3,196 nm in 6:06, averaging 524 knots; and Beijing to White Plains, N.Y., 5,903 nm, in 13:45 and 429 knots average groundspeed. According to the company, the National Aeronautic Association has recognized the records. The G550 received its FAA certification last August and is the company's flagship jet. It is equipped with Gulfstream's state-of-the-art PlaneView flight deck, Heads-Up Display and FAA-certified Enhanced Vision System (EVS). The G550 can accommodate up to 18 passengers, fly at a maximum speed of .885 Mach and cruise at a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet.