Gulfstream Delivers 100th G200 Jet

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Gulfstream Aerospace last month delivered its 100th G200 business jet. Fractional operator NetJets accepted delivery of the aircraft at Gulfstream's Dallas facility where it was outfitted. Gulfstream rolled out the G200 in 1997; the aircraft received FAA certification in 1998 and entered service in 2000. In 2001, NetJets placed 50 firm orders for the G200 with an option for 50 more. On June 30, 2002, NetJets took delivery of its first G200. To date, NetJets has taken delivery of 12 G200s. In September, Gulfstream received a type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency, which allows registration in 25 European Union countries. "We are pleased to take delivery of G200, serial number 100, for our growing fleet of NetJets aircraft," said Bill Boisture, president of NetJets Aviation. "The G200 has proven to be an aircraft we can rely on time and time again. Also, for a super-mid-size plane, the roomy G200 cabin provides our customers an exceptional level of comfort." According to Gulfstream, considerable improvements and weight reductions have been applied to the G200 since its introduction. The company says the G200 has a dispatch reliability rate in excess of 99 percent, a range of 3,400 nautical miles and has shed some 450 pounds. The G200 cabin can accommodate up to 10 passengers while its cockpit can be equipped with a range of automation options including Safe Flight Instrument Corporation's Enhanced AutopowerŪ Automatic Throttle System (ATS) as a retrofit on in-service G200s and as optional equipment on new G200s. The G200 aircraft is built by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), then painted and outfitted by Gulfstream. The G200 fleet of aircraft has flown a total of 80,388 flight hours and completed 49,755 takeoffs and landings through Sept 30, 2004.