Arrivals and Standbys
in developing the G280, a $25 million super-midsize jet that Gulfstream plans to begin delivering later this year, the Savannah, Ga.–based manufacturer overhauled the cabin of the popular G200 and added new engines, a high-speed wing configuration, and a T tail. The changes produce a 23 percent boost in thrust and a 21 percent improvement in runway performance that lops 1,333 feet off the jet’s required takeoff distance. The G280 has a range of around 4,100 miles (when carrying four passengers), enabling it to fly from New York to London without a fuel stop. The cabin is nearly 26 feet long and can seat as many as 10 passengers. The jet also has 154 cubic feet of baggage space, which is fully accessible in flight.
With a maximum cruise speed beyond 700 mph, the G650 may be the fastest civil aircraft ever built. It flies faster than most jets carrying less than half its weight. Even its long-range cruise speed is 608 mph. Deliveries of this roughly $64 million aircraft are expected to begin by the end of this year. When measured by performance-related factors other than speed—runway requirements, cruising altitude, and range—the G650 is comparable to the G550. Yet it is much more than a new iteration of that earlier aircraft. The brand-new 54-foot-long cabin is oval shaped, which allows for 8 feet 6 inches of width and 6 feet 5 inches of headroom. It can seat as many as 18 passengers and can maintain a cabin altitude of just 4,850 feet while flying at a ceiling of 51,000 feet. —M.S.