The newest member of the Gulfstream family officially stepped into the spotlight on November 14 2013. That’s when we watched as the first customer G280 roared down the runway and powered into the air, officially bound for a customer’s hangar. It’s a moment that filled our employees with pride. And, I hope, our customers, too.
After all, it was our customers who handed us their mid-cabin wish list and asked us if we could make it happen. And we did.
Faster? Yes. The G280 can travel at speeds up to Mach 0.85.
Serious storage? Yes, some 154 cubic feet to be exact.
Brighter, lighter, more comfortable cabin? Absolutely, thanks to 19 windows, a low cabin altitude and industry-leading quiet sound levels in its class.
We even gave customers more than they asked for, such as increased range and shorter takeoff distances. Thanks to its high-speed wing and Honeywell engines, the G280 is the only super-midsized aircraft capable of linking London with New York nonstop.
And its speed doesn’t suffer. The aircraft has established more than 25 city-pair records, including an impressive 8-hour,19-minute flight from Savannah, Georgia, to Honolulu and a 7-hour and 40-minute flight from Paris to White Plains, New York. Each flight was completed at an average speed of Mach 0.80.
In short, no other aircraft in the class flies farther or more efficiently.
The G280 is, in fact and flight, a large-cabin jet masquerading as a super-midsized one. And our customers deserve the kudos for making it happen. After all, Gulfstream employees may build these aircraft, but it’s our customers who inspire the design.
And, as such, they’re worthy of a spotlight all their own. Congratulations on a job well done!
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