Gulfstream Marks the 100th Delivery of the Gulfstream G500™ and Gulfstream G600™ Program
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced on 26 March 2021 that it had made the 100th customer delivery of the next-generation Gulfstream G500™ and Gulfstream G600™ program. The 100th aircraft is a Gulfstream G500™.
“Gulfstream saw great demand for the all-new G500 and G600 right out of the gate. Once they entered service, interest in these innovative aircraft soared even more as operators experienced the compelling combination of the Symmetry Flight Deck and outstanding cabin comfort. Reaching 100 deliveries at this stage in the program is remarkable and a clear reflection of the advantages the G500 and G600 give our customers.”Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream
The G500 entered service in September 2018, with the G600 following in August 2019. Before the aircraft entered service, Gulfstream ensured the G500 and G600’s maturity with exercises that went beyond the rigorous flight-test program, including a high-speed G500 world tour spanning nearly 130,000 nautical miles and achieving 22 city-pair speed records. To date, the G500 and G600 have achieved more than 60 speed records and a combined total of more than 25,000 hours and more than 13,000 landings.
The G500 and G600 ushered in Gulfstream’s next-generation technology with the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck™, featuring the industry’s only active control sidesticks, most extensive use of touch-screen technology and a data concentration network. The aircraft, which have earned numerous awards and accolades for seat and cabin design, include the Gulfstream Cabin Experience with 100% fresh, never recirculated air, the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, whisper-quiet sound levels and 14 panoramic windows.
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Textron Aviation Celebrates 1,000 Deliveries of the Cessna Citation 560XL Series
Textron Aviation celebrated the 1,000th delivery of its best-selling 560XL series midsize business jet with a delivery of the Cessna Citation XLS+ to a customer based in the Northeastern United States on 31 March 2021. The aircraft will be managed and operated by Custom Jet Charters, an FAA-certified Part 135 operator based at Palm Beach International and Westchester County Airports, known for providing air charter services.
Offering transcontinental range, enhanced cabin and cockpit technology and superior performance, the jets in the 560XL family have transformed business aviation, evolving with the industry and operators throughout the past 25 years. Today, the global fleet of 560XL aircraft has amassed more than five million flight hours.
“The 560XL series is known for propelling the landscape of business aviation forward, delivering speed, spaciousness and comfort to a new segment of the industry. Its evolution and prominence continue to resonate with customers across the globe: Every two minutes, a 560XL jet takes off or lands somewhere in the world.”Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations
“This milestone delivery is a direct reflection of our customers’ trust and the dedication of our employees who continue to build and support the Citation 560XL family of aircraft,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations.
The most recent evolution of the Citation 560XL family of jets, the Citation XLS+ features wide passenger seats, FADEC engine controls and Collins Pro Line 21 avionics with four LCD cockpit displays and the addition of graphical weather charts and maps.
This year, Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd., a Textron joint venture in China, is expected to deliver the 300th Cessna Citation XLS+ to the Flight Inspection Center of CAAAC (CFIC). This will be the sixth aircraft delivered as part of the eight Cessna Citation XLS+ purchase agreement signed in December 2018.
The Citation XLS+ equips operators with speeds of up to 441 knots (817 kilometers/ hour) with a maximum economy range of 2,100 nautical miles (3,889 kilometers), a takeoff field length as short as 3,560 feet (1,085 meters) and climbs to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) in 29 minutes. With outstanding high-elevation performance and steep approach capabilities, the XLS+ can take off and land at airports with an elevation of up to 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) and meets the standards of ILS CAT II.
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