Private Jet Manufacturers: Gulfstream Aerospace
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation—a subsidiary of General Dynamics—is one of the eight major business jet manufacturers in the world, and the final company to be featured in this blog series.
Gulfstream was first founded in 1958 when military aircraft production company Grumman Aircraft Engineering developed a business aircraft at its headquarters in New York. This aircraft was the Gulfstream I and could seat 12 passengers, with a maximum speed of 350 miles per hour and a range of 2,200 miles.
The GI took its first flight on 14th August 1958 and featured turboprop engines mounted onto low wings. The aircraft was in production for 11 years and more than 200 were constructed, many of which are still in service today.
Since 1958, Gulfstream have now produced more than 2,200 aircraft for customers around the world. Their range currently consists of the G150, G280, G350, G450, G500, G550, G600, G650 and G650ER.
The company have an excellent reputation for constructing large business jets that are flexible, reliable and fully meet the needs of their customers. They are also well known for the reliability of their private jets, as well as the technologically advanced features and facilities they are fitted with.
Gulfstream have an exclusive Research and Development campus at their headquarters where more than 1,500 of their employees are dedicated to developing and testing next-generation avionics concepts. This has allowed the company to provide their customers with state-of-the-art navigational equipment, cabin management systems and engineering.
In 2014 Gulfstream simultaneously launched two new models of business aircraft – the G500 and G600. They had managed to keep all details of their new aircraft entirely under wraps until the very day they were launched at their headquarters. During the launch, those invited were thrilled to see the G500 taxi into view under its own power to officially announce the launch.
The G650ER is the newest model in the Gulfstream fleet and has a range of 7,500 nautical miles. The cabin can comfortably accommodate up to eighteen passengers and can have as many as four different living areas set up inside.
Gulfstream has the largest company-owned product support network in the private jet industry, with more than 4,000 professionals in more than 30 service centres around the world. The company also have Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST), who they can deploy to their customers at any time if they require assistance. This means that aircraft owners who require parts or services can get a quick response no matter where in the world they may be.