Gulfstream unveils G400 and G800 business jets
Gulfstream Aerospace has rolled out its two latest business jets in a gala virtual presentation in Savannah, Georgia. Aimed at filling niches in the business jet market, the Gulfstream G800 is the longest-range aircraft to be built by the General Dynamics subsidiary, and the Gulfstream G400 is Gulfstream's first large-cabin jet in a decade.
In 2020, the business jet market was valued at US$24.21 billion and by 2028, it's projected to reach US$36.94 billion, which is not surprising when COVID-19 precautions are making commercial air travel less attractive to those with the money to avoid it.
As a result, Gulfstream is not only looking to make its jets more technically advanced, but also introducing ones that allow the company to spread its net wide in regard to potential customers.
In the case of the G400, Gulfstream plugging the gap between the super-midsize G280 and G500. Using the same fuselage as the G650ER, the G400 is designed for long-range, high-speed performance. Its twin Pratt & Whitney PW812GA engines punch out 13,496 lb each, giving the aircraft a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85 (562 knots, 647 mph, 1,041 km/h) and a range of 4,833 miles (7,778 km).
Inside, the G400 has a stand-up cabin that can seat up to 12 passengers in three floor plans, with up to two and a half living spaces.
The G800 is a long hauler. It can go for 9,200 miles (14,800 km) at a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 thanks to a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and the wings and winglets designed for the G700. These configurations will allow the G800 to operate from small airports with short runways.
The cabin has four living areas as the standard plan seating for up 19 passengers, or three areas if a crew compartment is desired. Eventually, the G800 will replace the G650.
Both the G400 and the G800 share a suite of features, including the Gulfstream panoramic oval windows and Symmetry Flight Deck with electronically linked active control side-sticks and 10 touch-screen displays. Avionics boasts the Predictive Landing Performance System (PLPS) for advanced warnings of runway problems.
The G800 adds to this with the a raft of vision systems in a head-up unit that merges data into a single display.
"For more than six decades, Gulfstream has led the business aviation industry with our commitment to continuous improvement and by consistently setting new standards for safety, performance, innovation and comfort," says Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. "Today marks a major milestone and investment in our company’s future with the introduction of the G800, our fastest longest-range aircraft yet, and the G400, the industry’s first new large-cabin aircraft in more than a decade."
The G800 will begin deliveries in 2023 and G400 follow in 2025.
Here's look at the introduction of the G400 and G800:
Source: Gulfstream Aerospace