Gulfstream Ends G200 Production Run
The last G200 has rolled off the production line in Savannah, Ga., Gulfstream said last week. The business jet was among the first in the super-midsize category when it was certified in 1998, originally flying as the "Galaxy" before Galaxy Aerospace was acquired by Gulfstream in 2001. The last jet is the 250th in the line. The G200 will be replaced in the Gulfstream line by the all-new G280, which is scheduled to enter service next year.
"The G200 took the basic cabin dimensions of a large-cabin aircraft and made them available to a broader market," said Stan Dixon, of Gulfstream. The airplane has been certified in 18 countries, and helped to open new markets for Gulfstream in China and Brazil. Gulfstream said it will continue to provide the G200 fleet with parts, tooling, sustaining engineering and support staff. AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli spoke with Gulfstream's Pres Henne about the G280 when it was introduced at NBAA in 2008; click here for that podcast. The G280 was originally introduced as the G250 but later re-branded; the company cited cultural sensitivities in the global market for the change.