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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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World’s First Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ320neo Designed by Alberto Pinto is Delivered

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The world’s first Airbus ACJ320neo has completed its interior fit-out, designed by Alberto Pinto and has been delivered to the new owner, Acropolis Aviation, for private aviation charters.
Wake up refreshed after a long-haul flight in the comfort of our own sky-bedroom. Credit: Alberto Pinto Design
Wake up refreshed after a long-haul flight in the comfort of our own sky-bedroom. Credit: Alberto Pinto Design
  • Elegant 19-seat cabin with sleeping for 17
  • Focused on well-being for 12-hour flights
  • Delivering the highest levels of comfort, with an average cabin altitude of 6,400ft, coupled with air humidifier.
  • Latest technology optimised for work and leisure with fast Ka-Band internet.
  • Aircraft set to be extremely popular in the US, Middle East and European charter markets.

Distinguished by its aircraft registration “G-KELT”, the brand new ACJ320neo has been delivered to UK VVIP charter operator Acropolis Aviation after having undergone 13 months of cabin outfitting at AMAC Aerospace in Basel, Switzerland. The Airbus ACJ320neo was the first aircraft of this type delivered by Airbus Corporate Jets for VVIP configuration in early 2019.

Commenting on their latest acquisition, Acropolis Aviation says, “We are delighted with G-KELT and are confident this is going to be a very popular VVIP charter aircraft – especially in Europe, Middle East and the USA.”

Acropolis Aviation signed a contract for the Neo at EBACE 2015 and in 2016 they commissioned Paris-based Alberto Pinto Design to complete the design of the new ACJ320neo after having previously completed the interior design of Acropolis’ previous Airbus Corporate Jet G-NOAH.

“Selecting Alberto Pinto Designs was a natural choice for us,” said Acropolis CEO Jonathan Bousfield. “Our current, versatile cabin caters for a diverse range of travelers, including Heads of State, HNWIs, corporate and leisure clients. Choosing a design that reflects an evolution of our highly popular cabin will help us remain market leading.”

Designer Yves Pickardt from Alberto Pinto was responsible for the cabin interior design and congratulated the AMAC team who “brought our design to life beautifully.”

The VVIP interior will cater to many different discerning clients. Credit: Alberto Pinto Design

Accommodating up to 19 passengers, the ACJ320neo G-KELT takes long-haul flying to a new level of luxury and includes a private master bedroom with an en-suite featuring a full sized rectangular shower (the largest to ever be installed on an Airbus single-aisle jet).

Very much focused on the wellness of their diverse clientele, Acropolis Aviation has ensured their ACJ320neo G-KELT offers a full-sized kitchen galley and induction oven for guests to enjoy fresh meals during flights. An aircraft cabin air humidifier has also been fitted to ensure guests are left feeling refreshed after overnight flights.

In the event passengers don’t want a wink of sleep, the ACJ320neo G-KELT is fully equipped with Collins Aerospace’s Venue system and in-flight entertainment, offering 100’s of movies and TV programmes to view, watched across the 19 individual iPads and four large TV screens onboard.

Teenagers and jet-setting business folk alike can also rest assured they’ll have super fast Wi-Fi via the Ka-Band internet connection.

The first ACJ320neo was delivered to Acropolis Aviation. Credit: Airbus Corporate Jets

Based at Acropolis Aviation’s Farnborough Airport facility, this will be the charter company’s second Airbus Corporate Jet (the first being the previously mentioned G-NOAH, an older ACJ319 which came into service March 2010). Charter guests will now also be able to charter the new G-KELT for long-haul flights as it has a range of around 11,000km’s and can fly from the UK to destinations across North America as well as South America, Africa and Asia.

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All New G700 Business Jet Makes First Flight

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The Gulfstream G700 makes its first flight on the 14th of February 2020 marking the beginning of its test flight program.
Gulfstream G700 first flight February 14 2020 registration N700GA
The first Gulfstream G700 to fly – registration N700GA. Credit: Gulfstream

The latest arrowhead in the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s quiver is the new G700 jet. It was introduced to us in October 2019 where we were shown footage of the world’s new biggest private jet taxiing under its own power and attendees at its launch having access to a full-scale cabin mock-up. Since then 5 test flight aircraft have been manufactured including a structural test article that has already finished its rigorous load testing duties.

Gulfstream G700 first flight February 14 2020 registration N700GA Takeoff
The first takeoff for the G700 occurs 14 February 2020. Credit: Gulfstream

Gulfstream has now taken its vision for the future (a business jet with the longest range at the fastest speeds) and placed it in the bow and launched it for its first flight, significantly marking the beginning of its next phase: the flight test program. At 1:19p.m. on Feb 14, the G700 departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at and landed 2 hours and 32 minutes later with the aircraft making the flight on a 30/70 blend of sustainable aviation fuel.

Gulfstream G700 vs G650ER
The G700 now supersedes the G650ER in length and width. Credit: Gulfstream
Gulfstream G700 business jet Features
Some of Gulfstream’s latest business jet Features. Credit Gulfstream

The G700 features the longest, widest and tallest cabin in the industry with up to five living areas pierced by 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows. The new jet will also have the industry’s lowest cabin altitude and 100% fresh air coupled with the industry’s only ultra-high-definition circadian lighting system; speakerless surround sound; and a master suite with shower. Knowing all this you get the picture it’s set to be a very comfortable experience.

Gulfstream G700 business jet Specifications

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This Is the New Embraer Phenom 300E Business Jet

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Not only does it come with a new speed record for fastest single-pilot jet, Embraer has added a host of improvements to benefit both passengers and pilots.
2020 Embraer Phenom 300E with Bossa Nova upgrade flying
2020 Embraer Phenom 300E with Bossa Nova upgrade. Credit: Embraer Executive Jets

Scheduled for deliveries in May 2020, this latest model is the third generation of the Phenom 300-series, which Embraer the Brazilian airframer announced back in 2005. Embraer says the Phenom 300 is “the most successful business jet of the past decade” and with an attractively high resale value, its no wonder only 3.6% of the fleet is currently available to buy.

In Business Jet Traveler’s 2019 Annual Reader Survey the Phenom 300 dominated the light jet category as favored aircraft type taking 40% of the vote, doubling the second place Citation CJ4 (20%) and the Pilatus PC-24 (19%). It has been the top vote-getter in its league for at least the last six years.

Since 2012 the Phenom 300 has also held the title for most delivered light jet in the market 7 years straight. The aircraft is in operation in more than 30 countries and has accumulated more than one million flight hours.

Over 460 of the original Phenom 300’s were delivered to customers before the E for ‘enhanced’ Phenom 300E was introduced. Now that 70 examples of the 300E have been delivered, Embraer has upped the ante again with its latest upgrades, in a pursuit of retaining and enhancing the business jet’s appeal and value proposition.

The Embraer philosophy of constantly striving to deliver even more value to customers sees new enhancements to the Phenom 300 series spanning comfort, technology, performance and connectivity with passengers in the Phenom 300E now having a 4G connection via Gogo AVANCE L5.

2020 Embraer Phenom 300E Bossa Nova Interior detail
The Bossa Nova Interior has previously won a 2019 Design Award. Credit: Embraer Executive Jets

New Speed

The Phenom 300E now has more speed with the latest enhanced aircraft being the first single-pilot jet to reach Mach 0.80. This also means Embraer has made the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot jet in business aviation even faster. With the new enhancements, the Phenom 300E now delivers a high-speed cruise of 464 knots with the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E1-powered twins. That’s 11 knots more than the current 300E and based on five occupants, can travel 38 nautical miles further.

Award Winning Interior Design, Quieter and More Room

In the cabin, Embraer has introduced an option of the premium Bossa Nova Edition interior that made its debut in 2018 on the Embraer midsize-category Praetor 500 and 600. To further qualify its premium design, The Bossa Nova interior in the Praetor 600, won best design in the 2019 International Yacht & Aviation Awards in Venice. The latest and most advanced interior option features carbon fiber materials, sophisticated stitching and piano-black coloring.

To further enhance passenger comfort Embraer has also added a number of noise-reduction measures to enhance the in-flight and boarding experience. Up front the Phenom 300E’s pilot and co-pilot seat tracking is now close to 40% more, providing extra legroom in the cockpit

2020 Embraer Phenom 300E Bossa Nova Carbon Fibre Interior details
Carbon Fibre and gold detail in the Phenom 300E Bossa Nova Interior. Credit: Embraer Executive Jets

More Cockpit Upgrades

As well as the extra legroom, pilots will enjoy the host of improvements to the Garmin G3000-based Prodigy Touch flightdeck to deliver what Embraer calls “unparalleled technology in the light-jet category”. These include predictive windshear, emergency descent mode and a runway overrun awareness and alerting system. This feature acts as an additional pilot, says Embraer “and warns if the aircraft’s approach is too steep or too fast, thereby increasing situational awareness”. Embraer has patented this technology and is the first OEM in business aviation to develop and certify it.

2020 Embraer Phenom 300E cockpit with avionics upgrades
The cockpit has more legroom and avionics upgrades. Credit: Embraer Executive Jets

“Despite the Phenom 300’s extraordinary success in the past decade, our team of visionaries is always striving to deliver the ultimate experience to our customers, which means taking an industry-leading aircraft and making it even better, faster and safer,”

Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.

The price for a new Phenom 300E is US $9.65 million with some of the luxury interior options costing around $150,000 more.

Video For The Original 300E Before Bossa Nova Edition Upgrades

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