SAVANNAH, Ga., May 20, 2013 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s G280 aircraft recently traveled to Africa as part of the super mid-sized business jet’s yearlong world tour. En route, the aircraft set three city-pair records, including one from Luton, England, to Lagos, Nigeria.
The aircraft left London Luton Airport at 7:44 a.m. local time with two passengers on board. It landed at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos 6 hours and 32 minutes later. Its average speed for the 2,948-nm (5,460 km) flight was Mach 0.81.
The aircraft set two additional city-pair records during the African leg of the tour, including one from Libreville, Gabon, to Casablanca, Morocco, and another from Casablanca to Amsterdam. The aircraft traveled the 2,755-nm (5,102-km) between Libreville and Casablanca in 6 hours and 11 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.82. It covered the 1,344 nm (2,489 km) between Casablanca and Amsterdam in 3 hours and 3 minutes, with an average speed of Mach 0.82.
“With more than 20 city-pair records on its resume, the G280 has proven itself to be a super mid-sized powerhouse, capable of flying farther faster than the competition,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The aircraft offers unprecedented range, speed, safety and amenities.”
Since entering service in December 2012, the G280 demonstrator has visited 109 cities in 36 countries. It has accumulated more than 400 flight hours and covered more than 132,000 nm (244,464 km).
The G280 is powered by twin Honeywell HTF7250G engines, each of which provides 7,624 pounds of thrust. These fuel-efficient engines feature reduced emissions, longer maintenance intervals and decreased noise levels. They also offer excellent climb performance, propelling the G280 to FL410 in less than 20 minutes. The aircraft has a maximum range of 3,600 nm (6,667 km) at Mach 0.80.
The three city-pair records are pending confirmation with the National Aeronautic Association.