In an introductory ceremony mimicking that of the extravaganza for Gulfstream’s G700 held at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in 2019, the company put on an online virtual show introducing yet two more members of the Gulfstream fleet. They’re the G400 and the G800, and in the range department, they represent the enduring range war within the big-cabin, long-range segment. In a highly produced video that lacked only the stage fog and searchlights of the G700’s intro, the G400 was first up for its debut.
Mark Burns, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. president and parent company General Dynamics’ vice president, explained that the G400 is intended to fill “a void in innovation in this space” that has been “dull and dormant.” Presumably he was referring to the super-midsized class of bizjets. The G400, he said, would create a new market segment.
The G400 is currently priced at $35 million. Entry into service is expected in 2025.
The G800 is the new behemoth in the Gulfstream fleet. It will replace the company’s current G650. Apparently the G700’s 7,500-nm range wasn’t quite optimal. The G800’s 8,000-nm maximum range (at Mach 0.85) is no doubt intended to humble that of Bombardier’s Global 7500, the previous leaders, which was claimed to have a 7,700-nm max range. (Bear in mind that any range boasts are for airplanes flying in optimal, no-wind conditions.) At Mach 0.90, the G800 can fly 7,000 nm.
The airplane will use Rolls-Royce Pearl engines, and have the same Symmetry cockpit, dual-HUD, and combined vision systems as the G400. Its wings and winglets are of a new design, and will let the airplane perform steep approaches with short landing distances.
Testing is under way on the first G800 test article, and deliveries of the $71.5 million airplane are set to begin in 2023.