A production test aircraft from Gulfstream’s G700 program connected Savannah, Georgia, and Doha, Qatar, for the first speed record between those cities. The fully outfitted G700 then flew from Doha, to Paris, France, for another city-pair record.
On the run between Savannah and Doha, the G700—N706GD—clocked an average speed of Mach 0.88, over a distance of 6,711 nm/12,428 km in 13 hours and 16 minutes.
Heading up to Paris, the G700 covered the 2,953 nm/5,469 km distance in 6 hours and 15 minutes, for an average speed of Mach 0.90.
The G700 test platform was fueled with a sustainable aviation fuel blend for the record flight to Doha. According to the company, carbon offsets will also be applied to both flights.
“These were the first international flights for the G700, and it performed exceptionally well, setting two new records in the process,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “We are excited to introduce the G700 in person to customers in the Middle East and Europe and are proud that we can do so while also demonstrating our commitment to sustainability at the same time.
“Not only did the aircraft prove its speed and distance capabilities, the fully outfitted cabin is also receiving rave reviews with its impressive cabin size, environment, quality and flexibility,” Burns said.
For long-haul segments, the G700 will come equipped with up to five living spaces with an optional ultra-long, 10-ft. galley area.