Gulfstream’s all-new G700 private jet is the industry’s largest – with the tallest, widest and longest cabin of any business aircraft. But size isn’t everything, and this jet has eye-catching performance stats too.
Welcome on board.
When it comes to comfort in the air, size matters. Private jet manufacturers around the world all recognise the importance of the cabin experience, arguably putting it ahead of all other factors, including range, speed and runway performance. So when one of the market leaders introduces a new aircraft that has the tallest, widest and longest cabin in the industry, you know it’s going to be significant. When that manufacturer is Gulfstream, it’s a game-changer.
With Bombardier effectively stealing Gulfstream’s crown as the pinnacle of private jets, with its own incredible Global 7500 aircraft, it was only a matter of time before the US giant took back its place on top of the podium from its Canadian competitor.
Gulfstream describes its G700 flagship as “the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business jet industry”. It combines proven ultralong range, speed and performance with flight deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer “an unprecedented aircraft experience”.
But before you reach for the cheque book, customer deliveries are due to commence in 2022, but it might be wise to get your name down early. You could even save yourself a few million dollars. That’s because it’s not unheard of for in-demand jets (like Gulfstream’s previous hero the G650) changing hands for more than the list price as demand greatly outweighs supply.
Speaking at the launch of the G700 in Las Vegas, Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mock-up of the aircraft.
“The Gulfstream G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an all-new, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort and range at speed,” said Burns. “This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history. The G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”
The G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890km at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853km at Mach 0.90 (and a top speed of Mach 0.925). Flying from London, that means you can fly virtually anywhere in the world non-stop – even as far as the west coast of Australia. That is still not as far as the Global 7500, which has a maximum range of 7,700 nautical miles, but Gulfstream has focussed more on the all-important cabin rather than the extra range. That is no surprise given the G700 can fly you virtually everywhere.
That all-new cabin on the G700 allows customers to extend their personal and professional lifestyle to their aircraft. With up to five expansive and luxurious living areas, the G700 offers an extra-large ultragalley with a passenger lounge or crew compartment; a six-place dining or conference room; and a master suite with shower.
The Gulfstream Cabin Experience promotes and enhances wellness through 20 panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry; the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 percent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin. That means you arrive at your destination feeling fresher, and ready to do business – which is what it’s all about.
“Gulfstream has a long tradition of listening to our customers, and the G700 cabin is the evolution of that collaboration,” said Burns. “Customers shared how much they value flexibility and comfort in the cabin, all without compromising the speed and range advantages they have come to expect from Gulfstream. The G700 delivers all that and more.”
The aircraft also offers a range of cabin amenities that revolutionize the benefits of business-jet travel, including the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream-developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of travelling halfway around the world.
Safety And Performance
Safety is paramount on any jet, and the G700 has a number of new features to help pilots. The G700 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and other new safety advancements. Along with active-control sidesticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touch-screen technology, the flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System. The system gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The Symmetry Flight Deck also comes standard with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays.
All-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines power the G700 and, along with newly designed winglets, ensure the aircraft achieves high performance capabilities with its larger cabin. The aircraft offers excellent takeoff and landing performance and can operate easily at weight-restricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.
The G700 will join Gulfstream’s impressive fleet of aircraft, comprising the G280, the G550, the G500, the G600, the G650, and the G650ER.
The launch customer for the G700 has been named as Qatar Executive, so that’s the place to head if you want to be one of the first to experience this jet.
“Qatar Executive demonstrated their confidence in Gulfstream when they committed as international launch customer for the G500, which is in service with them now alongside the G650ER,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are grateful they have chosen to continue growing their Gulfstream fleet with our new flagship G700 and look forward to their customers traveling in the utmost comfort on the largest business jet in the industry.”
Qatar Executive’s latest agreement with Gulfstream is for the purchase of 10 G700 aircraft in addition to their recently announced orders of additional G500 and G650ER aircraft.
Eleven Gulfstream aircraft are currently in service with Qatar Executive, including six G650ERs and five G500s. The executive charter service is the world’s largest commercial operator of the G650ER and the first commercial charter operator of the G500.
“We are excited to be the launch customer of the G700, the largest business jet in the industry, and are looking forward to the aircraft joining our fleet,” said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways. “Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivalled performance.”
In the US, Flexjet will be the first customer to fly the G700, and will join their existing fleet of G450, G500 and G650ER aircraft.
“The Gulfstream G700, with its speed, range and versatility, will make an exceptional fractional offering,” said Flexjet Chairman Kenn Ricci. “We anticipate that it will be ideally suited for those companies that need occasional access to global markets and will be the pinnacle of our Red Label offering. It will be the fifth large-cabin aircraft type in the fleet as we continue our international expansion.”
The G700 is expected to cost US$75 million. Form an orderly queue.