For a company that tends to maintain a calm public profile, Gulfstream Aerospace raved about a Hollywood-style press conference last night that announced not one but two new business jets.
The aircraft manufacturer unveiled its new G800 and G400 to hundreds of Gulfstream customers, executives and employees, as well as the media, at a gala event at its corporate headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.
“Today marks an important milestone and investment in the future of our company with the introduction of the G800, our fastest longest range aircraft to date, and the G400, the industry’s first new wide-body aircraft in more than a decade,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns, who served as the moderator for the event.
The G800 will eventually replace the G650ER. It will have a range of 8,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 and a range of 7,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.90, with a flight ceiling of 51,000 feet. Flight tests are scheduled to begin this year. The first G800, priced at $ 71.5 million, is slated to ship to customers in 2024.
The jet is powered by the same Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 turbofan engines as the G700, but shares the wing, tail and winglet of this aircraft. But it will have the same fuselage as the G650ER. The G800 offers space for up to 19 passengers and 10 beds in four living areas. It is also available with three living areas and a crew room.
“We designed the ultra-long-range G800 to extend the reach of our customers to more people and places around the world,” said Burns. The expanded reach will enable more global city pairings.
The other bookend in the Gulfstream family of large cabins, positioned between the G280 and G500 super-midsize models, is the G400. Burns said that for $ 34.5 million, the jet will have the largest cabin in its class and will be the entry-level product in Gulfstream’s family of large cabins, the G500, G600, G650ER and G700.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW812GA engines, the G400 will have a range of 4,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.85. Three layouts are offered, with options for up to nine, eleven or twelve passengers.
All Gulfstream large cabin jets will share the same Honeywell Symmetry Flight Decks with 10 touchscreen displays and BAE Systems’ active control sticks, as well as other advanced avionics. The common platforms allow pilots to move between aircraft. They also share air cleaning systems, large oval windows, and low-height pressurization systems.
“The G400 was designed and developed with direct customer feedback,” said Burns. “The aircraft is redefining this market segment with its maximum operational flexibility and improved cabin comfort.”
G400 shipments are expected to begin in 2025.