If you have your heart set on a private jet with a longer range, Gulfstream potentially has just the jet for you. The new ultra-long-range G800 completed its first two-hour flight test using sustainable aviation fuel.
The G800 is intended to meet the growing demand for both private business jets and long-range aircraft. The G800 can fly for 8,000 nm (9,200 miles, 14,800 km), with a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, and an operating ceiling of 51,000 ft (15,500 m).
The new Gulfstream offers an impressive high-speed wing with a wingspan of 103 ft (31 m), a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines pushing 18,250 lb of thrust each, allowing the craft to operate from runways with an approximate length of only 6,000 ft (1,800 m).
The G800 seats up to 19 passengers, features four living areas or opt for three living areas and crew space for long-distance hauls. The cabins are furnished with ergonomic seats, a high-definition circadian lighting system intended to diminish jet lag, an air system continuously replacing cabin air rather than recirculating it, and 16 of the largest windows in the industry.
Up forward is the Gulfstream next-generation Symmetry Flight Deck that includes dual head-up displays, and the Combined Vision System with the Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision System imagery for improved situational awareness.
"When the first G800 test aircraft rolled out at our announcement last fall, we changed the game once again for our industry," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. "At Gulfstream, working closely with our customers allows us to continuously build on our successes and develop aircraft that exceed their expectations. The G800 pushes the boundaries of performance even further with Gulfstream-designed aerodynamics and cabin technology, and we look forward to our customers benefiting from the longer range at higher speeds in our exceptional cabin environment.
“We have announced eight new aircraft in the past decade, strategically timed to capture market demand. We are seeing great interest in the G800, and this first flight brings us even closer to delivering a Gulfstream for every mission.”