Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mumbai-NYC Gulfstream 650 Flight - A Commitment to India

Neelam Mathews 
March 20, 2014

Gulfstream is confident the Indian business aviation market will rebound and to show it means business, it flew the G650, the ultra high-speed, ultra long-range business jet that took off from the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, US on March 10 with two passengers and four crew members on board to Mumbai.  Thirteen hours and 49 minutes later, the aircraft landed at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, giving it an average cruise speed of Mach 0.85 for the 7,115-nautical-mile/13,177-kilometer flight.
The G650’s ability to link these two key business destinations reinforces its utility as a vital tool for corporations to advance their economic interests around the world,” said Jason Akovenko, regional vice president, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Gulfstream. "The speed and range of the G650 are just two of the many reasons why this aircraft is in such high demand.” Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the record will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as a world record.
The aircraft was presented for the first time in India at the Hyderabad air show on March 12-16.
India is “critically important”  (and) "the sole purpose of the flight was to demonstrate the capability of the aircraft,” Roger Sperry, regional senior vice president, International Sales told AerospaceDiary. Sperry said the purpose was to send a strong message to India that “we will be there (when the economy bounces back).”
Gulfstream has 234 aircraft in Asia compared to 70 just six years ago. It has ably tapped the need for businesses growing by leaps in the region, that now need to fly beyond domestic routes.
The G650 was brought to the show to expose the product to new and present owners looking at upgrades in the near future. “We’ll do well in India…the cabin size and range will allow trips to Singapore,” said Sperry.
Twenty GFs have been delivered to Indian customers.

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