Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has formally announced Qatar Airways as the launch customer for Gulfstream’s recently introduced flagship, the Gulfstream G700 for its charter service, Qatar Executive. The new aircraft brings an unprecedented combination of performance, technology and cabin size to Qatar Executive’s fleet.
“Qatar Executive demonstrated their confidence in Gulfstream when they committed as the international launch customer for the G500, which is in service with them now alongside the G650ER,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are grateful they have chosen to continue growing their Gulfstream fleet with our new flagship G700 and look forward to their customers traveling in the utmost comfort on the largest business jet in the industry.”
Qatar Executive’s latest agreement with Gulfstream is for the purchase of ten G700 aircraft in addition to their recently announced orders of additional all-new Gulfstream G500 and high-performing G650ERTM aircraft.
Eleven Gulfstream aircraft are currently in service with Qatar Executive, including 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.
“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,” said Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways. “Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivaled performance that complements our excellence in customer service.”
Gulfstream introduced the G700 yesterday as the industry’s new flagship. It boasts business aviation’s largest cabin and can fly farther, faster than any other competitor in the business-jet industry. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90. It features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight DeckTM with active control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touchscreen technology in the industry.
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