G500 touches down on European soil
The first fully outfitted Gulfstream G500 test aircraft made its European debut earlier this week, flying for the first time from Savannah, GA to Paris, France, with Geneva as its final goal for next week’s edition of the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE).
The aircraft flew between the two cities in 7 hours and 40 minutes, covering 3,788 nautical miles at an average speed of Mach 0.90.
According to a company statement, and in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s first non-stop transatlantic flight on May 21, 1927, the G500 also achieved a city-pair record between New York and Paris.
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“The G500 and its larger sibling, the Gulfstream G600, are […] aircraft customers helped design, so we want them to see the results of their feedback,” comments Gulfstream Worldwide Sales Senior VP Scott Neal. “The fact that the G500 is mature enough to complete trans-Atlantic city-pair records while simultaneously testing the outfitted cabin says a great deal about this aircraft’s capabilities.”
In flight, the outfitted G500 will be used to assess the complete passenger experience for flexibility, durability and comfort. Each cabin will be tailored to individual customerdesign preferences and mission requirements. Seating up to 19 passengers in three living areas, the G500 has forward and aft lavatories, a galley that can be situated forward or aft and 14 panoramic windows. The aircraft is on track to enter service later this year.