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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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Virgil Abloh Designs New Livery for the US$185 Million ‘Air Drake’ Private Jet

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Drake’s close friend Virgil Abloh creates a new design for the exterior of Cargojet’s Boeing B-767-24Q/ER nicknamed ‘Air Drake’.

Back in May 2019 Cargojet Inc announced a partnership with multi-award-winning artist Drake. The partnership sees Cargojet supply Drake with their Boeing B-767-24Q/ER complete with a VIP Boeing Business Jet Interior for Drake to use wherever and whenever he wants. In return Cargojet gets exposure and marketing as Drake travels the world, posting on Instagram, not to mention the photos also posted by media and aviation enthusiasts of the unique livery on websites.

Drake's private jet livery design by Virgil Abloh
Drake’s latest private jet livery design by Virgil Abloh. Credit: @champagnepapi Instagram a.k.a Drake

Commenting on the deal at the time, Cargojet’s CEO, Ajay Virmani stated “Cargojet and Drake are both great Canadian successes, we are thrilled to be partnering together”, while Drake tweeted “Supporting home grown businesses has always been a top priority of mine, so when an opportunity came up to get involved with a great Canadian company I was honored to do so”. Drake subsequently took to Instagram, saying “No rental, no timeshare, no co-owners.”

When Drake first took delivery of the aircraft (current registration N767CJ) the fuselage was white with just the praying hands motive on the tail in black and white. Shortly after it was given a makeover in a baby blue with the words ‘Air Drake’ added to the engine cowlings and the OVO Owl logo placed towards the front.

The former 2019 livery of Drake's private jet
The former livery of Drake’s private jet as seen in 2019. Credit: Ernest Gutschik Aviation Youtube.
Drake GIVES A tour inside his private jet LOANED OUT BY CARGOJET INC. MAY 10 2019

For reference, OVO is Drake’s clothing line and OVO Sound is his record label. OVO actually stands for October’s Very Own because Drake and his crew’s birthdays all are in October. The letters OVO looks like an owl’s face and therefore Drake chose an owl as the brand image.

OVO is also currently suing the company Bellroy who recently updated its owl logo by claiming Bellroy “changed the design of the owl by altering its posture, width, wings and feet in order to blatantly mimic the OVO owl.” It also claims that by placing the owl on footwear, Bellroy is competing with its “core business” of apparel.

Bellroy vs OVO logo comparison
OVO logo comparison with Bellroy new and old logo.

Back on track, enter Drake’s friend Virgil Abloh. Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, Abloh is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, artist, and DJ who has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection since March 2018.

A trained architect, Abloh, entered the world of international fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside rapper Kanye West. The two then began an artistic collaboration that would launch Abloh’s career into founding the Milan-based label Off-White.

Abloh has worked with Drake previously to design a remodel of a Patek Philippe watch for Drake. In Future’s track “Life Is Good” Drake raps the following “Virgil got that Patek on my wrist goin’ nuts” and “Virgil got the Patek on my wrist doin’ front flips”. In the following days after the songs release both Abloh and Drake posted the same reptilian, all-green, set-with-emeralds Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726 to Instagram in January.

Drake's Virgil Abloh customized Patek Philippe
Original Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726 vs Drake’s Virgil Abloh customized version. Credit: @champagnepapi Instagram

Now, less than three months later, Abloh has now helped Drake create a new updated livery for ‘Air Drake’ with Abloh initially teasing on his Instagram @virgilabloh “the tail number is a problem and the FBO is a whole other story…”

Virgil Abloh posted a teaser of Drake's new private jet livery to his Instagram
Virgil Abloh posted a teaser of Drake’s new private jet livery. Credit: @virgilabloh Instagram
Virgil Abloh posted teaser's of Drake's new private jet livery to his Instagram
Virgil Ablo’s teaser post of the updated private jet livery. Credit: @virgilabloh Instagram

Drake followed up by posting a complete reveal of the new livery on March 29 2020 on his Instagram account @champagnepapi. The new design takes cues from Drake’s 2013 ‘Nothing Was The Same’ album cover art, with blue skies and clouds throughout. The previous praying hands in front of the globe on the tail have been removed in favour of the OVO owl standing with the world under its feet. Air drake remains on the engine cowling and the sponsor company Cargojet’s logo also remains.

Drake posted pictures of the new jet livery to his Instagram
Drake posted pictures of his new livery to his Instagram. Credit: @champagnepapi Instagram
Drake posted pictures of the new jet livery to his Instagram
More detail of the new livery on Drake’s private jet on loan from Cargojet. Credit: @champagnepapi Instagram

One new logo towards the rear of the fuselage states ‘Abloh Engineering’. This is a tongue in cheek boast of another of Abloh’s skills as he also has a civil engineering degree, which the designer completed in 2002 as an undergraduate student.

We would say keep your eyes peeled for the new Air Drake coming to a sky near you, however, with the new design creating the ultimate ‘chameleon amongst the clouds’ effect it’s basically going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Drake's Nothing Was The Same album cover illustration
Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album cover illustration.

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VistaJet Offers Free Flights For Government & Medical Supplies During Covid-19

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Private aviation company VistaJet are offering complimentary empty leg flights to governments, consulates and medical experts to help during Covid-19 pandemic.

Under normal circumstances VistaJet is a global private aviation company with a fleet of over 79 Bombardier business jets that fly heads-of-state, corporate leaders and private individuals alike to over 187 countries around the world.

VistaJet to provide private empty leg flights to organizations in need during Coronavirus pandemic. Credit: VistaJet

However in these turbulent times, especially for the aviation industry, VistaJet are utilizing their global infrastructure and working directly with Governments and consulates to help repatriate citizens from abroad and offer flights to medical experts that require emergency transport to critical locations as needed.

As part of regular operations, aircraft will often have “empty leg flights” that fly with no passengers aboard and re-position the aircraft to the next required destination. It is these empty leg flights that VistaJet are offering at no charge to medical organizations and governments (not available for commercial or personal use) and will also help with the necessary permits and complex paperwork.

VistaJet are also in talks to determine how they can assist with the transportation of key medical supplies given that many of the regular cargo flights have been drastically reduced due to governmental policies & restrictions caused by covid-19.

Speaking on VistaJet’s current situation, Founder and Chairmain Thomas Flohr said, “Everyone at VistaJet continues to assess how we can better serve our customers and the greater global community during these difficult times. Listening to expert advice, whether that be security, safety or medical, we are here to ensure that they are fully supported with their flying needs. This is an unusual time and one that we must all work together where possible to do whatever we can to help. We know we don’t normally offer repatriation flights or the transportation of medical equipment, but ultimately, we are a logistics company and we are here to help the global community as much as we can. We are in this fight together.”

For more information VistaJet have created a dedicated web page to channel all requests from Governments and medical organizations so they can ensure prioritization, address the most critical cases and manage the relevant safety screening.

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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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