By Jack Jarzynka 10/14/2021 693 views

On October 4th, 2021, Georgia based aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream released two new aircraft models, the G400 and G800. The G400 and G800 are the first two aircraft announced by Gulfstream since the G700. While the G400 received lots of attention at the announcement, all eyes were on the G800.

The G800 is a new aircraft model developed from the G700 which is currently in flight testing. The G800 shares the engines, wing, and winglet of the G700. What sets the G800 apart from the G700 is its performance. The G800 has a massive range of 8,000 nautical miles while flying at Mach 0.85 and a range of 7,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.90. This makes the G800 the longest range business jet in Gulfstream’s history. It is also one of the fastest long range jets in the world.

White- and cream-colored cabin, accented with yellow lumbar pillows and black marble tabletops
Artist's rendering of the Gulfstream G800 cabin. [Photo Credit: Gulfstream Aerospace]

Like the G700, the G800 features Gulfstream’s Symmetry Flight Deck with advanced safety features like the Predictive Landing Performance System (PLPS), providing pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around, Gulfstream’s new Combined Vision System (CVS) that unites the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS). The cockpit features dual head-up displays for enhanced situational awareness. 

The Rolls Royce Pearl 700 engines used on the G700 will also be installed on the G800. These engines provide the thrust necessary for flight, have very low fuel consumption allowing the aircraft to fly long ranges, and are capable of pushing the aircraft to a top speed of Mach 0.925.

Gulfstream's Symmetry Flight Deck [Photo Credit: Gulfstream Aerospace]

The cabin of the G800 is the same size as the G700 and can carry up to 19 passengers. It has a sleeping capacity of 10 passengers compared to the G700’s sleeping capacity of 13. 16 panoramic oval windows let plenty of natural light into the cabin as well as providing stunning views from the sky. The G800 offers one of the lowest cabin altitudes in the world at just 2,916ft providing passengers more comfort during and after their flight compared to airliners which have a cabin altitude of 8,000ft. 

With the G700 getting close to certification, the G800 isn’t far behind. The G700’s first deliveries are expected to begin in 2022 and the G800 is scheduled for deliveries in 2023. The cutting edge technology, high performance, and large cabin size of the G800 is sure to attract lots of wealthy customers and will be an interesting aircraft to follow along on it’s journey to certification. (Note: This aircraft is still in development and specifications are subject to change. The specifications mentioned in this article are based off of Gulfstream’s released information as of 10/4/2021.)

Artist's rendering of the Gulfstream G800 [Photo Credit: Gulfstream Aerospace]

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