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Gulfstream's G550 speeds from Seattle to Shanghai
Gulfstream has added to its city-pair speed record collection. Its G550 reached Seattle from Shanghai in under 10 and a half hours, undercutting commercial flight times by more than two hours.
Gulfstream has set another world speed record, this time across the Pacific Ocean.

Gulfstream Aerospace's G550 recently established a new city-pair speed record, connecting Shanghai with Seattle in 10 hours and 29 minutes. This brings the number of records the jet has earned to 55.

The aircraft departed Shanghai Hongqiao International airport at 2:09 pm local time on 19 April and arrived at Seattle's King County International airport-Boeing Field at 9:38 am local time, completing the 5,123 nm/9,487 km flight at an average speed of Mach 0.85.

“Our customers can depend on the G550's performance and reliability,” says president Mark Burns. “The G550 never fails to impress as it continues to break records and uphold its lasting reputation, demonstrating why it is a consistent choice for business aviation and special missions operations.”

Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, the G550 has a maximum range of 6,750 nm/12,501 km at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.80. With a cabin length of 43 ft 11 inches, it seats up to 19 passengers and sleeps up to eight.

Pending approval by the US National Aeronautic Association, the Shanghai to Seattle city-pair will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as a world record.

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