The world of private jets is welcoming a new baby. The flagship business jet, called the Gulfstream G650, is the latest development coming out of the Gulfstream Aerospace headquarters in Savannah, Georgia and it’s making an extremely impressive final approach into the world of luxury travel.
As the dreary recession clouds begin to disperse, the Gulfstream G650 jet is making its timely entrance. First officially announced in March 2008, the extremely luxurious twin-engine jet is set to begin with customer deliveries in 2012, with a first flight planned for later this year. Expecting to be certified in 2011, the jet features an extra large cabin and is capable of previously unmatched long-range flights and extraordinary speeds. In fact, this jet will be the fastest civil aircraft around as it can travel 7,000 nautical miles and 0.85 Mach with a maximum operating speed of 0.925 Mach. In addition, with the ability to climb to an altitude of 51,000 feet, this jet is able to avoid air traffic as well as provide for an extremely smooth ride as its glides well above any severe weather.
However, should you happen to run into any unexpected turbulence, you can rest assured knowing that the G650 is equipped with the most advanced cockpit in the Gulfstream fleet. Pres Henne, senior vice president of programs, engineering and testing at Gulfstream says, “The G650 provides the most technologically advanced flight desk in business aviation with the PlaneViewTM II cockpit and an advanced aircraft health and trend monitoring system to support aircraft maintenance planning and improve availability.”
The G650 uses the new Rolls-Royce BR725 engines and is able to seat 11-18 passengers onboard who can enjoy the 16 panoramic windows. Don’t worry about packing light either, the aircraft also features 195 cubic feet of useable volume in the baggage compartment.
Reportedly priced at approximately $65 million, Joe Lombardo, executive vice president of General Dynamics Aerospace group, says, “Simply put, the Gulfstream G650 is in a class by itself.”