25 FEBRUARY 2019
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A new record has been claimed for the Gulfstream G650ER business jet with a city-pair flight connecting Singapore and San Francisco, a distance of 13,843km (7,475nmi), flown faster than any other ultra-long-range aircraft.
It departed Singapore Changi Airport at 10:58 local time, crossing the Pacific to arrive in San Francisco at 08:45 local. With an average speed of Mach 0.87, the flight took 13hr 37min. The jet, pictured below, has two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 engines and seats up to 19 passengers.
Gulfstream president Mark Burns said: “The G650ER offers unsurpassed speed and real-world performance. To Gulfstream, leading the class means continually demonstrating to customers their ultra-long-range missions are possible at the fastest speeds.”
The Singapore – San Francisco run completed a month-long flight series that also saw the aircraft cover Dubai – Biggin Hill (5,641km/3,046nmi) in 6hr 45min and Biggin Hill – Charleston (6,870km/3,710nmi) in 8hr 15min.
Others in the series included Teterboro, New Jersey – Dubai (11,373km/6,141nmi) in 11hr 2min; Savannah – Marrakech (7,091km/3,829nmi) in 7hr 3min, and Marrakech – Dubai (6,574km/3,550nmi) in 6hr 46min.
Gulfstream claims the G650ER can fly 13,890km (7,500nmi) at Mach 0.85 and has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925. The city-pair records are pending approval by the US National Aeronautic Association.
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