Gulfstream G800
Gulfstream G800

Gulfstream G800 Makes First International Flight

The manufacturer's latest model flew from Savannah, Georgia, to the U.K. for this week’s Farnborough International Airshow.

Following its June 28 initial flight, Gulfstream Aerospace’s new G800, completed its first international trip as it arrived in England to participate in this week's Farnborough International Airshow. The aircraft flew from the airframer's headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, to its customer support facility at the U.K. airfield in Farnborough.

Gulfstream formally unveiled the aircraft in October, setting a new range bar for purpose-built business jets at 8,000 nautical miles. The aircraft is to eventually succeed Gulfstream’s G650ER with the same fuselage but will incorporate elements found on the G700, including its Honeywell Epic-based Symmetry flight deck, dual head-up displays with combined vision system and active control sidesticks, and predictive landing performance system.

Since its first flight last month, the aircraft has checked off additional initial tests, including a flight of more than eight hours and operations beyond its maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925 and cruise altitude of 51,000 feet.

Gulfstream’s Farnborough service center opened in 2020 and since has grown to employ more than 200 workers and has obtained 30 foreign regulatory approvals. Encompassing 20,903 square meters (225,000 square feet), the facility can accommodate up to 13 of Gulfstream’s largest aircraft, including the G650ER, G700, and G800.