Gulfstream unveiled its new G700 business jet at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday. The aircraft is already well on its way toward certification, with Gulfstream reporting that it has put in almost 14,000 hours of lab testing on the aircraft in its “integration- and cabin-test facilities, Systems Integration Bench and Iron Bird.” The G700 has also completed “successful ground vibration testing, engine runs, loads calibration and all structural testing required for first flight.” Gulfstream is planning to begin deliveries of the G700 in 2022.
“The Gulfstream G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an all-new, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort and range at speed,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns. “This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products.”
Launch customer Qatar Executive has ordered 10 of the new model and Flexjet, which also announced an order for $1.4 billion in Embraer jets at the show, has placed a fleet order for an unknown number of G700s. Gulfstream says the G700 will be capable of flying 7,500 NM at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 NM at Mach 0.90. It will feature Gulfstream’s Symmetry Flight Deck, Predictive Landing Performance System, and Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays. The aircraft is powered by the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engine. It will seat up to 19 passengers and have a 4,850-foot cabin altitude at its maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 feet.