Extended Possibilities

Gulfstream’s newest flagship, the G650ER is leading business aviation with longer range, greater speed and increased payload
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Written By Lesley Conn

Meet the new flagship of the Gulfstream fleet.

The Gulfstream G650ER sets a new standard in business aviation by pushing the limits of ultralong-range travel and boosting high-speed cruise to unprecedented performance. No other business aircraft in the world offers a nonstop range of 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers.

But longer range with higher speed is an even more powerful attraction. The G650ER delivers 6,400 nautical miles/11,853 kilometers of continuous flight at Mach 0.90 with eight passengers. Something no other business jet in the world can achieve.

“The G650ER empowers our customers to make the most of their time,” says Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream. “The aircraft’s long-range capabilities provide 15½ hours of nonstop flight, which open new possibilities for city-pair connections, and its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 matches the demanding pace of today’s business environment. The G650ER brings the far corners of the world a little closer.”

Among the nonstop connections now possible: Hong Kong to New York; Abu Dhabi to Seattle; and London to Honolulu.

The G650ER twice has demonstrated its speed prowess in documented flight tests. On a Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, flight, the aircraft averaged a speed of Mach 0.86 and traveled 6,947 nautical miles/12,866 kilometers. On a second flight, the G650ER averaged Mach 0.865 from Hong Kong to Teterboro, New Jersey, flying 7,494 nautical miles/13,879 kilometers. The G650ER on both flights landed with fuel well in excess of the National Business Aviation Association’s instrument flight rules reserves.

Increasing the maximum gross weight of the aircraft to achieve the extended range capability of the G650ER also provides another important customer benefit—increased payload. Simply stated, the G650ER can carry 4,000 pounds/1,814 kilograms more weight than its nearest sibling, the Gulfstream G650, a benefit that many operators will use to their advantage on shorter-haul trips that do not require a full fuel load for a 7,500-nautical-mile/13,890-kilometer mission.

Certification of the G650ER is scheduled for the end of 2014. Deliveries are anticipated in the first quarter of 2015. In-service Gulfstream G650s may be upgraded by Gulfstream Product Support to become a G650ER. A G650 on order but not yet delivered can be converted to a G650ER.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of the G650ER and the reception it has received,” says Scott Neal, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G650ER is the most versatile aircraft in business aviation, and we are confident it will deliver the finest experience in long-range travel for years to come.”

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