30 NOVEMBER 2009
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GULFSTREAM has completed the maiden flight of its ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 luxury business jet. It remains on schedule for type certification by 2011, followed by entry-into-service in 2012. The price is in the USD$70m range, about the same as a Boeing 737-800. Powered by best-in-class Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the business jet is capable of travelling 7,000-nautical miles at 0.85 Mach and has a maximum operating speed of 0.925 Mach. Its 7,000-nautical-mile range means the G650 can fly non-stop from Luton to Singapore. The cabin has a maximum height of 6ft 5in and whilst a number of configurations are available eight passengers is the optimum. The G650 can climb to a maximum altitude of 51,000ft to avoid traffic and inclement weather. www.gulfstream.com
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