Gulfstream’s G700 business jet has set a seventh international city-pair speed record, this time while en route from the U.S. to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE 2022) in Geneva.
Friday’s record flight from the company’s base in Savannah, Georgia, to Geneva, lasted 7 hours and 37 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90, Gulfstream said in a news release. The flight was fueled with a blend of 30 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), the company told FLYING on Monday.
The G700 is expected to begin first customer deliveries in early 2023, Gulfstream confirmed to FLYING. Powered by twin Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 turbofan engines, it promises a maximum range of 7,500 nm, maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 feet, and a maximum high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, according to Gulfstream. With a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 107,600 pounds the jet seats up to 19 passengers.
This isn’t the G700’s first city-pair speed record. Last September, a G700 test platform was fueled with a SAF blend when it performed a flight from Savannah to Doha, Qatar, clocking an average speed of Mach 0.88, over a distance of 6,711 nm/12,428 km in 13 hours and 16 minutes.
The same aircraft then set another city-pair record flying from Doha to Paris.