Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream, unveiled two new aircraft programs, the G400 and the G800 Monday evening in Savannah. This adds to the Gulfstream large cabin portfolio, adding two new aircraft to the existing G500, G600, G650ER, and G700 models.
The G400 is a large cabin aircraft with a 4.200 nm range that falls between the G280 and G500. Powered by Pratt & Whitney 800 engines, the G400 is derived from the G500/G600 family. The G400 is scheduled to enter service in 2025.
The G800 will be Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range model, capable of flying 8,000nm at M0.85, and is an extension of the G650ER and G700, providing the longest range in the industry. The G800 is scheduled to enter service in 2023, with its first flight occurring before year-end. The G800 is powered by Rolls Royce Pearl 700 turbofans.
These will be the fifth and sixth new aircraft developed by Gulfstream in the last eight years, emphasizing the continued R&D focus and confidence of General Dynamics in Gulfstream. “I can’t remember a time when we’ve been so forward-looking than now here at Gulfstream,” said Mark Burns, President. ”Research and development are a real strength of the company. Thanks to our parent company, General Dynamics, we’ve been able to provide steady funding for aircraft R&D in the last 15 years at Gulfstream. Other manufacturers are only trying to catch up to what Gulfstream is doing.”
The G400, G500, and G600 will share a single type rating, and the G700 and G800 will also share a single type rating. All five models will have the Symmetry flight deck based on the Honeywell Epic system as well as BAe Systems active control sidesticks.
The G400 will be priced at $34.5 million and will have seating for up to 12 passengers in 3 cabins. The cabin will be 42.5 feet long, 6.25 feet high, and 7.6 feet wide, with 1,441 cubic feet of cabin space. The G400 will be about 10 feet shorter and have a 10 feet smaller wingspan than its sister G500 model.
The G400 will have a range of 4,200 nm at M0.85 or 3,950nm at M0.88.
The G800 will be priced at $71.5 million and will have the same fuselage as the G650ER, but will incorporate the design advances of the G700. The cabin will be identical to the G650ER in size, seating up to 19 passengers and 2,138 cubic feet of cabin volume.
The aircraft will utilize the same RR Pearl 700 engines as the G700, with 18,250 pounds of thrust. The MTOW of the aircraft will be 105,600 pounds, with a maximum payload of 6,200 pounds. A lower MTOW option will be available for weight-restricted airports such as Teterboro.
While the G650ER is eclipsed in range and technology by the new model, it will remain in production as a “value” model, as demand has remained strong for this aircraft, according to Burns.