Gulfstream’s G500 and G600 aircraft have achieved record trans-pacific flights in their respective weight classes, Gulfstream Aerospace has announced.
On April 20, the G500 and G600 flew from Shanghai to Honolulu at an average speed of Mach 0.90. The G500 made the flight in 8 hours and 34 minutes, with the G600 arriving just one minute later at 8 hours and 35 minutes.
The next day, the two aircraft flew from Honolulu to Savannah, again at Mach 0.90. The G500 made the flight in 7 hours and 44 minutes, and the G600 clocked in at 7 hours and 49 minutes.
The G500 is on track for certification this summer, with the G600 following later this year.
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“Gulfstream customers are accustomed to flying practically anywhere in the world at record speeds, and the G500 and G600 have been doing just that as they near certification,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Our flagship G650ER has proven itself time and again as the highest-performing aircraft in the industry, and the G500 and G600 are performing equally well in their classes, even before customer deliveries.”
“These records showcase the real-world capabilities of these impressive aircraft,” Burns said.
The city-pair records are pending confirmation with the National Aeronautic Association.
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