New Gulfstream G600 Approved

The G600, aerospace firm Gulfstream’s latest move to conquer the lucrative private jet market, has just been approved for service by the US Federal Aviation Authority.

Flying at mach 0.9, the sumptuous craft can seat up to 19 passengers for journeys of 6,500 nautical miles — equivalent to London–Tokyo — before it needs to refuel.


Max Range: 6,500 nautical miles

Max speed: Mach 0.9 (690 mph)

Max cruise altitude: 51,000 feet 

Length: 96 feet, 1 inch

Wingspan: 94 feet, 2 inches

Passengers: up to 19, can sleep 9 

Living areas: three, with addition rest space for cabin crew 

Cockpit tech: 10 touchscreens, active sidestick control technology  

Build time: two-and-a-half years 

Cost: $58 million (£46 million)

The craft — which is 96 feet (29 metres) long and a wingspan almost as large — sports a mirrored bulkhead in its middle to reflect as much light as possible, while the vessel’s 14 28-inch-wide windows afford a panoramic view of the sky.

The plane is even designed to minimise jet lag, ensuring passengers feel fresher on reaching their destination.

On regular passenger airliners, the concentration of oxygen in the cabin decreases at higher altitudes, contributing to jet lag.

On the G600, however, the cabin pressure at the craft’s cruising altitude of 51,000 feet (15,500 metres) is equivalent to only 4,850 feet (1500 metres) and completely fresh air is cycled into the cabin every two minutes, minimising passenger tiredness.

‘The cabin is so quiet passengers can converse at normal voice levels even while in flight at near the speed of sound,’ Gulfstream wrote on their website.

‘The G600 interior is engineered to provide a relaxing journey that leaves travellers refreshed on arrival.’

For the discerning globetrotter, the G600 also comes with various interior customisation options.  

Purchasers can pick between bamboo flooring or luxurious hand-woven carpets underfoot in the cabin, various cabin decor choices, and can opt to add granite flooring to their vessel’s bathrooms and galley.

Furthermore, owners can select whether they would prefer the galley to be located nearer the front or the rear of the craft, as well as choose to add an additional shower to the jet’s facilities.

The opulence of the G600 is not confined to the cabin, however.

The craft is one of the first civilian aircraft whose cockpit sport ten touchscreens to display information to the crew, along with so-called ‘active sidestick technology’ —controls that give the pilot and co-pilot tactile feedback on the craft’s flight.

‘This provides good situational awareness between the pilots — they can both see and feel their sidesticks moving,’

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Micheal Mc Donnell
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