Gulfstream is preparing to launch the new
G650ER, an ultra-long-range aircraft that can travel 7,500
nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853
km at Mach 0.90.
This represents an increase of up to 500 nm/926
km over the range of the G650, which entered service in 2012.
“The G650ER provides our customers with greater
mission flexibility and the longest range of any business jet,”
said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and
Marketing, Gulfstream. “It’s the only business aircraft in the
world capable of traveling 7,500 nm. This opens up significant
nonstop city pairs, including New York to Hong Kong, Dallas to Dubai and San Francisco to Delhi. G650ER owners in Dubai will be
able to reach most of the contiguous United States. From Hong
Kong, operators can connect with the Eastern Seaboard of the
United States. Thanks to the G650ER, the world just got a little
A Gulfstream G650ER set two speed records during
flight testing earlier this year. The aircraft flew 6,947
nm/12,866 km from Los Angeles International Airport to Tullamarine
Airport in Melbourne, Australia, at an average speed of Mach 0.86.
It landed with fuel well in excess of the National Business
Aviation Association’s (NBAA) instrument flight rules (IFR) reserves. The flight, into head winds as high as 13 knots, took 14
hours and 58 minutes.
After positioning to Hong Kong, the
G650ER flew 7,494 nm/13,879 km to Teterboro, N.J., accomplishing
the 14-hour and 7-minute journey at an average speed of Mach 0.865
and again landing with fuel in excess of NBAA IFR reserves. The
two records are pending approval by the National Aeronautic
Association and, once approved, will be forwarded to the Fédération Aéronautique International for confirmation as world
“The capabilities of the G650ER are due in part to
its twin Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the latest and most advanced member of the BR700 engine series,” said Russell Buxton,
president, Civil Small and Medium Engines, Rolls-Royce. “The BR725
incorporates technology from the market-leading Trent widebody
engine family and was designed with excellent fuel efficiency and
ample thrust margins that support the G650ER’s enhanced
The G650ER will share the same cabin,
avionics and systems as the G650 and is undergoing Federal
Aviation Administration certification.
Current G650 owners and
order-holders will be able to upgrade their original G650 to a
G650ER beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
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