Qatar Executive Is Launch Customer For Gulfstream's $75 Million G700
Gulfstream Aerospace unveiled a full-size mockup of its flagship G700 in rock-concert style with a laser light show as it announced two fleet orders for the ultra-long-range jet.
“They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I assure you tonight won’t be one of those moments with this great announcement,” Gulfstream president Mark Burns told attendees at an invitation-only event at Henderson Executive Airport.
“We typically would announce a new aircraft at our headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, but we thought the biggest moment in business aviation deserves the biggest stage in business aviation,” Burns said.
Besides the mockup, Gulfstream showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power in Savannah.
The $75 million G700 is the largest, heaviest, and roomiest business jet ever from Gulfstream, with advertised range is 7,500 nm. It is powered by twin Rolls-Royce Rb.3043 turbofans.
Qatar Executive placed an order for 10 G700 aircraft, becoming the jet’s launch customer. Qatar’s agreement for G700s is in addition to orders for Gulfstream’s new G500 and G650ER aircraft.
“We are grateful they have chosen to continue growing their Gulfstream fleet with our new flagship G700 and look forward to their customers traveling in the utmost comfort on the largest business jet in the industry,” Burns said.
Qatar operates 11 Gulfstream aircraft, including six G650ERs, the largest commercial operator of the jet, and five G500s.
“Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivaled performance that complements our excellence in customer service,” said Akbar Al Baker, group CEO of Qatar Airways.
Flexjet will become the G700’s first North American fleet customer. While the company did not release the number of G700’s placed on order, Burns told attendees it was “several.”
“The Gulfstream G700, with its speed, range and versatility, will make an exceptional fractional offering,” said Flexjet chairman Kenn Ricci. “We anticipate that it will be ideally suited for those companies that need occasional access to global markets and will be the pinnacle of our Red Label offering. It will be the fifth large-cabin aircraft type in the fleet as we continue our international expansion.”
The G700 will join Flexjet’s fleet of Gulfstream aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650ER, Gulfstream 500 and Gulfstream G450.