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World’s Largest Private Jet – The New $75 Million Gulfstream G700

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Gulfstream has taken the bragging rights from previous title holder, Bombardier, as builder of the world’s biggest private jet.

  • The G700 has the tallest, widest, and longest cabin in the industry
  • The culmination of almost 14,000 hours of lab tests
  • A process that will incorporate 6 test aircraft
  • Qatar Airways immediately put in an order for 10 G700’s
  • Gulfstream anticipates first customer deliveries in 2022
Gulfstream G700 Launch Event October 21 2019
Gulfstream G700 Launch Event, October 21 2019. Credit: Gulfstream.

Oct 21, eve of the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Gulfstream announced its new flagship the G700. During the event Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mockup of the G700 which sports the tallest, widest and longest cabin in business jet history.

Gulfstream G700 flying
The G700 will retail for around US $75 million. Credit: Gulfstream.

General Dynamics who owns Gulfstream will be hoping prior investments into Gulfstream will pay dividends, and that the new $US75 million luxury jet will seduce the world’s wealthiest flyers. Initial signs are promising with the official launch customer being Qatar Airways, which has ordered 10 aircraft for its charter service Qatar Executive. Additionally the first North American customer was Flexjets with an undisclosed number of orders for the G700.

Cabin design

Gulfstream President, Mark Burns, stated “Customers shared how much they value flexibility and comfort in the cabin, all without compromising the speed and range advantages they have come to expect from Gulfstream. The G700 delivers all that and more”.

“Gulfstream has a long tradition of listening to our customers, and the G700 cabin is the evolution of that collaboration.”

Gulfstream President Mark Burns

The G700’s cabin length is 56 feet and 11 inches, not including a 195-cubic-foot baggage area. It also stands six feet and three inches high, and measures eight feet and two inches wide with passenger comfort further enhanced by the industry’s lowest cabin altitude and 100 percent fresh air.

The Gulfstream G700 Cabin
The Gulfstream G700 has up to 5 living zones on board. Credit: Gulfstream.
The Gulfstream G700 Cabin
The Gulfstream G700 Cabin is the largest in the business jet industry. Credit: Gulfstream.

The spacious design allows the jet to seat up to 19 passengers and sleep up to 10. With up to five living areas, the G700 offers an extra-large ultragalley with a passenger lounge or crew compartment, a six-place dining or conference room and a master suite with shower. You can also count the clouds through any of the 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry.

Lighting system to combat jet lag

The aircraft also offers a range of cabin amenities that revolutionize the benefits of business-jet travel, including the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop.

Gulfstream G700 taxiing
The G700 will feature all new, high thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines. Credit: Gulfstream.

Power and performance

All new, high thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines power the G700 and, along with newly designed Gulfstream winglets, ensure the aircraft achieves high performance capabilities with its larger, longer cabin.

The new engines give the G700 the ability to fly at faster speeds (Mach 0.90 versus Mach 0.80) thus giving customers more time, lower annual expenses for maintenance, parts and services, and shorter crew days for safer operations. Distance wise, the G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.

The Gulfstream G700 Cockpit
The Gulfstream G700 Cockpit. Credit: Gulfstream.
The Gulfstream G700 sleeping
The Gulfstream G700 can sleep up to 10 people. Credit: Gulfstream.

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Aston Martin To Collaborate With Bombardier Business Jet Clients

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Aston Martin and Bombardier have announced an intent to collaborate so business jet clients can design their aircraft with help from the luxury British auto manufacturer.
Bombardier Business Jet clients will now have the option of working with Aston Martin for design. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Business Jet clients will now have the option of working with Aston Martin for design. Credit: Bombardier

Aston Martin and Bombardier have recently signed a letter of intent outlining a partnership that would see the luxury British automotive brand collaborate on custom design services for Bombardier business jet clients.

While this isn’t the first time Aston Martin has taken to the skies (they’ve previously worked with Airbus Corporate Helicopters to create the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition), it is the first time Bombardier’s business jet clients will have the opportunity to borrow from the creative minds of Aston Martin’s bespoke division to create something special in the Challenger and Global business jet ranges.

“Bombardier’s discerning customers have come to expect our products’ signature smooth ride and the company’s no-compromise approach to design, performance, and reliability at every level of our portfolio,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, New Aircraft, Bombardier.

“We would be proud to add a new facet to this experience that channels Aston Martin’s distinct aesthetic approach.”

Aston Martin will design interiors for models like the Bombardier Global 5500 business jet . Credit: Bombardier
Aston Martin will design interiors for models like the Bombardier Global 5500 business jet . Credit: Bombardier

Aston Martin owners familiar with the hand-craftsmanship and detailing on vehicles like the Vantage, DB11, DBS Superleggera, and the new SUV DBX can now incorporate similar fabrics, stitching, and finishes if that’s something they desire or opt for an entirely different concept.

“Aston Martin has a highly refined set of automotive design principles, driven by the meticulous application of proportion, craft, and technical innovation,” said Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. “Bombardier’s customers share our owners’ desire for unique contemporary design statements. We are truly excited at the prospect of collaborating with Bombardier’s accomplished design team to bring our respective design expertise together. Challenger and Global aircraft will give us an opportunity to take Aston Martin design to new heights.”

Aston Martin design clients will be able to customize the interior of the Bombardier Global 5500. Credit: Bombardier
Aston Martin design clients will be able to customize the interior of the Bombardier Global 5500. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier’s long-range, large-cabin Global aircraft has picked up a few awards for product design, while its mid-sized Challenger platform is a top choice among top corporate flight departments and charter operators worldwide.

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Bombardier To End Production of the Iconic Learjet

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Bombardier Jets has announced production of the iconic Learjet will end after nearly 60 years of production and 3000 new builds.
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made in 2021. Credit: Bombardier
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made when production ends in 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Inspired by Swiss fighter aircraft and first made famous in the 60’s by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, the Learjet’s days will be coming to a close as Bombardier axes the smaller jet to allow the company to focus on the more larger and profitable Challenger and Global aircraft families.

From its first flight on 7th October 1963, the Learjet had been a favorite choice for private and business aviation, with members of the original Rat Pack frequently using the Learjet as a mode of transport to jet between glamorous locations.

Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Unfortunately for Learjet, as newer technologies developed and competition from brands like Embraer and Cessna increased, Learjet could not keep pace with the demand for faster flights and more cabin space.

Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier
Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier spokesman Mark Masluch noted, “Less equipped aircraft at smaller price points drove demand,” while a recent statement from Bombardier referenced a lack of profitability and the need for a cost-cutting plan as reason for ending of production and the subsequent reduction of its workforce by 1,600 positions.

Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier
Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier

“With more than 3,000 aircraft delivered since its entry-into-service in 1963, the iconic Learjet aircraft has had a remarkable and lasting impact on business aviation”, shared Eric Martel, Bombardier Jets President and CEO. “However, given the increasingly challenging market dynamics, we have made this difficult decision to end Learjet production.”

Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier

Now, after nearly 60 years, Bombardier will be calling it a day on the Learjet in Q4 later this year, but the company has revealed the Learjet headquarters in Wichita, Kansas will remain operational and be transformed into a support center for maintenance and upgrades of existing Learjet models.

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Cirrus Aircraft Celebrates 8000th Delivery with 8 Limited Editions

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Cirrus is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their SR Series with a special 8000 Limited Edition SR Series of just 8 models.
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their best-selling SR series aircraft and is creating eight “8000 Limited Edition SR Series” models to commemorate the occasion.

Known as the “company that makes the planes with the parachutes,” aka the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System®, Cirrus Aircraft has been building personal aircraft for customers since 1984 and delivered the first SR series aircraft to a customer in 1999.

Now wearing a bright fluoro yellow “Volt 8K” livery designed by Xi Design Studio (Cirrus Aircraft’s in-house personalization team), the 8000th Cirrus aircraft has been delivered to private customer Brad Pierce and was the first of eight 8000 Limited Edition SR Series to be built.

Cirrus SR22T "8000 Limited Edition SR Series". Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus SR22T “8000 Limited Edition SR Series”. Credit: Brad Pierce

“The SR Series has an incredible history of innovation, evolution and invention,” said Zean Nielsen, CEO at Cirrus Aircraft. “Our team took that as inspiration to create a Limited Edition that breaks out of the boundaries of traditional aircraft design to reflect the energy and excitement of where we are going next.”

Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce
Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce

Taking inspiration from the bold markings on the runway, the new Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series also features vertical hash lines across the rear stabilizer and multiple other locations on the aircraft’s exterior and interior.

The bright “Volt” yellow theme also appears in the interior cabin, matching two-tone stitching and embroidery on the seats and upholstery.

The remaining Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series aircraft will be delivered to their new owners in a series of events over the coming months.

Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Rear View
Hash lines on the rear stabilizer. Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Side View
The 8000th Cirrus SR Series aircraft to be delivered since 1999. Credit: Brad Pierce

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