Rolls-Royce’s Pearl 700 engines have been selected by Gulfstream to power the company’s latest ultra-long-range business jet, the G800.
The engine type was purpose-designed for Gulfstream and is on track to receive its certification next year. It is the most powerful product in the Rolls-Royce business jet propulsion portfolio flying today, and the exclusive powerplant for the Gulfstream G700 and Gulfstream G800.
Dr Dirk Geisinger, Director Business Aviation, Rolls-Royce, said: “Our whole business aviation team is very excited about this latest success for our market-leading Pearl engine family and I would like to congratulate Gulfstream on this special occasion. The Pearl 700 is a pioneering product, that brings together our latest technology to deliver outstanding efficiency. It is part of our commitment to reach net zero operations and has already proved its ability to run on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel. We are now in the final phase of the engine certification programme and everybody at our team is fully committed to support a smooth entry into service of the Pearl 700 next year.”
Partnership spans 60 years
“Gulfstream is pleased with the performance capabilities of the Pearl 700 engine and excited to partner with Rolls-Royce for the longest-range aircraft we have produced,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Gulfstream and Rolls-Royce have been doing business together since the Gulfstream I, introduced more than 60 years ago, and we know our customers will greatly benefit from the performance capabilities and efficiencies of these engines. Rolls-Royce’s after-market support also dovetails excellently with Gulfstream Customer Support, further enhancing our customers’ ownership experience.”
The Pearl 700 combines the Advance2 engine core, the most efficient core available across the business aviation sector, with a brand-new low-pressure system, resulting in an eight per cent increase in take-off thrust at 18,250lb compared to the BR725 engine. The engine offers a five per cent higher efficiency, while maintaining its class-leading low noise and emissions performance. The result is an engine that is highly efficient, but also able to propel customers nearly as fast as the speed of sound (Mach 0.925).
The engine has been developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation Engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, and is currently finalising a comprehensive test and certification programme.