Gulfstream G700 Sets Speed Records During 20-Country Tour

Gulfstream announced Thursday that its G700 set 25 speed records.

Gulfstream announced Thursday that the G700 achieved 25 speed records on a recently-completed world tour. [Courtesy: Gulfstream]

In the aviation world, the name Gulfstream is synonymous with fast business travel. Gulfstream Aerospace wants to make sure that continues, as the company announced today that the Gulfstream G700 achieved 25 speed records on a recently-completed world tour.

The company unveiled its first test aircraft to conform to production standards in 2021. A company official told FLYING at the time that Gulfstream had challenged its development team to create a pilot-driven aircraft. 

Two fully outfitted Gulfstream G700 production test aircraft flew to more than 20 countries across six continents to demonstrate the aircraft’s performance capabilities and the flexibility and comfort of the most spacious cabin in the industry.

According to Gulfstream, the G700 achieved some notable speed record runs during is world tour:

  • Savannah to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (6,281 nm), in 12 hours, 36 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90
  • Istanbul, Turkey, to Van Don International Airport in Vietnam (4,086 nm), in 9 hours, 2 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90
  • Riyadh to Melbourne, Australia (6665.5 nm), in 13 hours, 39 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.87
  • Christchurch, New Zealand, to Los Angeles (5993 nm) in 12 hours, 13 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.87.
  • In total, the two G700 outfitted aircraft traveled 53,882 nm/99,789 km over more than 180 hours of flying.

Gulfstream notes that the speed records are pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records.

“The G700 world tour was a tremendous success,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “We knew the aircraft would perform exceptionally well, and they exceeded even our own high expectations for both reliability and performance across a variety of routes. Showcasing the outfitted aircraft to our customers and prospects around the world bolstered the already strong demand we are seeing for the G700.”

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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