Gulfstream G800 ultra-long range business jet makes first flight

The new G800 Gulfstream ultra-long-range jet took to the skies over the international airport this week

Savannah/Hilton Head in Georgia. A two-hour test flight using sustainable aviation fuel was a success.

The G800's mission is to meet the growing demand for bothprivate business jets, and long-haul aircraft. Gulfstream says it's the longest-range aircraft in the industry. For example, the G800 can fly 14,800 km at a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (1,041 km/h) and at an altitude of 15,500 m.

The new Gulfstream boasts a manufacturedwith an advanced 31m span high-speed wing and a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines with 8,278kg of thrust each, enabling it to fly from runways only about 1,800m long.

The G800 can accommodate up to 19 passengers.The cabs have ergonomic seats, a high-definition circadian lighting system to reduce the impact of jet lag, and an air system that constantly replaces cabin air rather than recirculating it. The aircraft has 16 windows, which Gulfstream claims are the largest in the industry.

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