The Last Gulfstream
G200 Rolls Off Production Line
By Daniel Baxter
December 20, 2011 - Capping a 14-year production run,
the last super mid-size Gulfstream G200 business jet the
250th has rolled off the production line in Dallas. It
will be replaced in the Gulfstream fleet by the all-new
large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280, which is
scheduled to enter service in the first part of 2012.
The G200 was the first super mid-size business jet to enter the marketplace. It rolled out in 1997 and was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in 1998. Seven years ago today, Gulfstream delivered the 100th G200.
With a cabin width of 7 feet, 2 inches (2.184 m) and a cabin height of 6 feet, 3 inches (1.905 m), the G200 has one of the largest cabins in its class. To date, the aircraft has been certified in 18 countries and has a dispatch reliability rate in excess of 99 percent. The fleet has flown more than 581,000 flight hours and completed more than 351,000 take-offs and landings.
introduced as the ?Galaxy? by Galaxy Aerospace (which was
acquired by Gulfstream in 2001), the G200 was manufactured by
Israel Aircraft Industries in Tel Aviv and then flown to
Gulfstream?s Mid-Cabin Completions Center in Dallas for interior
outfitting and paint. The last G200 is scheduled for customer
delivery later this month.
set the standard for the new super mid-size category and quickly
established an important market niche. It became a mainstay
aircraft for NetJets and many corporate operators. It also
opened new markets for Gulfstream in China, Brazil and
took the basic cabin dimensions of a large-cabin aircraft and
made them available to a broader market by offering a shortened
eight- to 10-place, two-seating-area layout with solid
transcontinental U.S. range,? said Stan Dixon, vice president,
Mid-Cabin Programs, Gulfstream. ?It led the category for its
time, as will the G280 going into the future.?
The G280 offers the largest cabin and the longest range at the fastest speed in its class. The business jet is capable of traveling 3,600 nm (6,667 km) at Mach 0.80 and has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.85. With an initial cruise altitude of 41,000 feet (12,497 m), the G280 can climb to a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 m). Its 3,600-nautical-mile range means the G280 can fly nonstop from New York to London or from London to Dubai.
features an all-new, advanced transonic wing design that has
been optimized for high-speed cruise and improved takeoff
performance. At maximum takeoff weight, the G280 has a balanced
field length of 4,750 feet.
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