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April 24, 2024

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The Gulfstream G700 was certified by the FAA on March 29th, after protractive delays resulting in the aircraft being later than expected to the market. The G700 was launched in October 2019, and Gulfstream estimated the first customer deliveries in late 2022. However, the intervening global pandemic and new FAA certification requirements resulted in delays. FAA certification standards were strengthened in the wake of the Boeing 737 MAX crashes, and the G700 was the first application for those standards, resulting in a learning curve and delayed entry into service by about 18 months from Gulfstream’s initial estimates.

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The certification opens the door to deliveries of the G700, which has the most spacious cabin in business aviation.

The G700’s FAA certification also confirmed improved airfield performance, giving customers increased flexibility: a balanced field length takeoff distance of 5,995 feet and a landing distance of 3,150 ft (standard ISA day, sea level), shorter than initially anticipated.

The Gulfstream G700 was certified by the FAA on March 29th, after protractive delays resulting in the aircraft being later than expected to the market. The G700 was launched in October, 2019 and Gulfstream estimated first customers deliveries in late 2022 at that time. However, the intervening global pandemic and new FAA certification requirement resulted in delays. FAA certification standards were strengthened in the wake of the Boeing 737 MAX crashes, and the G700 was the first application for those standards, resulting in a learning curve and delayed entry into service by about 18 months from Gulfstream’s initial estimates.

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Ernest Arvai
President AirInsight Group LLC