Gulfstream Introduces New Aircraft Family

Two new Gulfstream aircraft that epitomize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency promise to usher in a new generation of aviation excellence.

Gulfstream announced the clean-sheet design aircraft before a crowd of approximately 3,000 people. During the event, the first Gulfstream G500 taxied up under its own power and General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic revealed a nearly 70-foot/21-meter cabin mockup of the Gulfstream G600.

The G500 will fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650ER and G650.

Customers base their cruise speed on range and how fast they can fly for each mission, meaning the ability to fly faster and farther for long-range travel is extremely appealing, says Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream.

“Our customers are using speed for every mission,” Neal says.

Performance, says Neal, is where the new aircraft really shine.

“We have a very long-term development strategy,” Neal says. “Cabin volume, range and speed were the design drivers, and our combination of those will be matched by no other aircraft.”