Gulfstream booked a very nice order this week, with Qatar Executive buying 30 jets, comprising of G500s, G600 and the G650ER. The plans were announced in October last year, but hadn’t been put into ink yet until 18 May 2015.
From its start in 2009, Qatar Executive has become a player in air charter services for individuals, families, businesses, corporations and governments. The company is part of Qatar Airways.
The G500 and G600 have been newly designed. The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm (7,038 km) at Mach 0.90. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nm (11,482 km) at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm (8,890 km) at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER.
The first flight of the G500 occurred on 18 May 2015. Gulfstream projects it will receive type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency in 2017. The G600 flight-test program is expected to begin approximately 12 to 18 months after the G500’s, and entry-into-service is projected to be in 2019.
The G650ER can travel 7,500 nm (13,890 km) at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm (11,853 km) at Mach 0.90. Gulfstream announced the G650ER in May 2014, and the aircraft received type certification from the FAA five months later. Qatar will take delivery of its G650ER in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Source: Gulfstream Aerospace
Featured image: The Gulfstream G650ER has a very long range (Image © Gulfstream Aerospace)