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Qatar Executive is a launch customer for Gulfstream’s recently-unveiled G700 flagship business jet, having signed a purchase agreement for 10 units.
“We are excited to be the launch customer of the G700, the largest business jet in the industry, and are looking forward to the aircraft joining our fleet,” says Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker. “Our customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivalled performance that complements our excellence in customer service.”
Gulfstream president Mark Burns adds: “Qatar Executive demonstrated its confidence in Gulfstream when it committed to being the international launch customer for the G500 in December 2018, which is in service now alongside the G650ER. We are grateful that it has chosen to continue growing its Gulfstream fleet with our new flagship G700, and look forward to customers travelling in the utmost comfort on the largest business jet in the industry.”
Eleven Gulfstream aircraft are currently in service with Qatar Executive – six G650ERs and five G500s. The executive charter service is the world’s largest commercial operator of the G650ER and the first commercial charter operator of the G500.
Gulfstream introduced the G700 at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas last month. The new type boasts business aviation’s largest cabin and can fly further, faster than any other competitor in the business jet industry, according to the OEM. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, it can fly 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm at Mach 0.90.
The cabin of the G700 features an extra large ‘ultra galley’ with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a bespoke master bedroom with ensuite master bath. The aircraft also features an all-new, Gulfstream-developed lighting system that matches circadian rhythms. Along with 20 panoramic windows and the Gulfstream cabin environment of 100 per cent fresh air, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound levels, the G700 has been designed to promote in-flight wellness and reduces the physical impact of travelling around the world.
The G700 flight test fleet will incorporate five traditional test aircraft and one fully outfitted production test aircraft. Manufacturing for all test aircraft is well underway and Gulfstream anticipates G700 deliveries in 2022.