Gulfstream unveils G250 super-midsize jet

Business Jet Traveler » December 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008 - 4:00am

As forecast in our previous issue, Gulfstream announced the G250 at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Fla., in October. The jet falls into the super-midsize category and will cost about $24 million.

Preliminary performance numbers for the G250 include 3,400-nautical-mile range and a maximum speed of Mach 0.85. The design will retain the G200 fuselage but have a new wing and T-tail. It will be built under contract by Israel Aircraft Industries in Tel Aviv. Certification and start of deliveries are planned for 2011.

The G250 is the second new aircraft announced this year by the Savannah, Ga.-based business jet manufacturer. The large-cabin G650 was launched in March and the company began accepting orders for it at the NBAA convention.

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