This is a game of tit for tat, or if you prefer Gulfstream v. Dassault. On October 14th at their Savannah headquarters, in the state of Georgia, and in the presence of 3,000 guests, Gulfstream unveiled two new top of the range business jet projects: the G500 and the G600, with the main objective of preventing the Dassault Aviation Falcon 5X and 8X, launched a few months ago, from gaining too much of a stronghold on the market, or at least obstruct them.
Larry Flynn, President – Gulfstream Aerospace : watch the interview in the video.
In the same price range, at around $ 50 million, the two new Gulfstream long-range jets will feature the latest generation avionics in the cockpit, with no less than ten integrated touchscreens and two sidesticks. The over 2.10 m (90 inches) wide cabin, which can accommodate eight passengers in the utmost comfort, will be divided into three or four distinct 'living spaces', depending on the version.
Thanks to their twin Pratt & Whitney engines, the G500 and the G600 will have a cruising speed of 900 km/h (560 mph) and a range of 9,000 to 11,000 km (5,600 to over 6,820 miles), giving the capability of connecting London with Los Angeles, for example.
Although the first prototype of the G500 has already been built, the inaugural flight will only place next year, and its commercialization is not expected before 2018. Its big brother, the G600, however, will only arrive on the market in 2019.
The first two customers have already come forward and were at the party. Qatar Airways and the American private aircraft fractional provider, Flexjet, have in fact already ordered a few dozen of the G500.