Gulfstream’s G700 aircraft has achieved 25 speed records on its recently completed world tour.
The US-based OEM flew two G700 production test jets to more than 20 countries to demonstrate the aircraft’s performance capabilities, travelling 53,882 nautical miles (99,789km) in total over more than 180 hours of flying.
Among the fastest flights were Christchurch, New Zealand to Los Angeles in 12 hours, 13 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.87, and Savannah to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 12 hours, 36 minutes at Mach 0.90.
The speed records are pending approval by the US National Aeronautic Association and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records.
“We knew the aircraft would perform exceptionally well and they exceeded even our own high expectations for both reliability and performance across a variety of routes,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Showcasing the outfitted aircraft to our customers and prospects around the world bolstered the already strong demand we are seeing for the G700.”
The interiors of the test jets were fitted out with Gulfstream’s ‘ultragalley’ which has more than 10ft (3m) of counter space, a grand suite and lavatory with a full vanity and shower, a circadian lighting system and a cabin altitude of 2,916ft (889m) when flying at 41,000ft (12,497m).
The aircraft set its first city-pair speed records from Savannah to Doha, Qatar and from Doha to Paris in September 2021.
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Record runs achieved by the G700 – at a glance
- Savannah to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 12 hours, 36 minutes, Mach 0.90
- Istanbul, Turkey to Van Don International Airport, Vietnam: 9 hours, 2 minutes, Mach 0.90
- Riyadh to Melbourne, Australia: 13 hours, 39 minutes, Mach 0.87
- Christchurch, New Zealand to Los Angeles: 12 hours, 13 minutes, Mach 0.87