The best business jet

The news this week that Pratt & Whitney Canada has received certification for the engines that will power Gulfstream ’s new G500 and G600 business jets has naturally turned attention to the long-range, large-cabin market sector those two aircraft will be contesting.

So, this week we look at the top ten (actually 11) contenders for the long-range crown. All range figures are for cruise at Mach 0.85 except where indicated, and programmes marked (d) are still in development.

Canadian standard-bearer Bombardier forecasts demand for 5,250 aircraft in the $50-75 million category between 2014 and 2033. Understandably then it has looked beyond its current flagship, the Global 6000, with the launch in 2010 of the bigger, longer-range 7000 (number 3, below) and 8000. Both aircraft will be powered by General Electric’s 16,500lb-thrust (73kN) Passport 20 engine and feature an all-new, high-speed transonic wing. The 8000 is targeted for entry into service in 2017.

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In its debut today at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), Embraer’s Legacy 650E surprised visitors with a unique paint scheme.

Embraer announced today that Stephen Friedrich has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer for the Company’s executive aviation business unit, effective immediately.

A standard of uncompromised quality was established when the first Gulfstream aircraft took flight in 1958, and that standard holds true today.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that it has delivered its 550th Gulfstream G550, solidifying the aircraft’s position as one of business aviation’s most popular jets.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the fourth Gulfstream G600 aircraft completed its debut flight just over six weeks after the third aircraft, further cementing confidence in the G600 program.