Since founded in 1958, Gulfstream Aerospace (a subsidiary of General Dynamics) has remained at the forefront of the VIP travel realm, delivering all manner of solutions to even the most discerning of aircraft buyers and high-level flyers. The company has never stopped evolving its product catalog which has led to a consistent stock of offerings mainly in the twin-jet VIP market. The G700 model series, debuted in October of 2019, is the new flagship product of the company. Born from the G650 business jet, the design is expected to compete with such types as the Bombardier Global 7500 line.
First deliveries of the new jet to prospective customers were, at one point, expected during 2020 though service entry has been delayed into the 2020s.
As is the case with most any Gulfstream product, the sleek G700 showcases a highly-refined aerodynamic design with its sloped, pointed nosecone. The pilots enjoy side-by-side seating over the nose with excellent vision offered and entry-exit for all crew and passengers is through rectangular doors just aft of the flight deck. Aft of this area is the passenger section, lined with ten windows to a fuselage side, offering unfettered views of the terrain below. The tail unit is comprised of a "T-style" tailplane arrangement centered around a single vertical fin. The twin turbofan installations are held outboard of the aft-fuselage section on wing stubs - keeping the powerplants are far back as possible as reducing cabin noise as a result. The mainplanes are low-mounted at midships and each features sweepback at both the leading and trailing edges while being capped by elegantly-shaped winglets for improved controlling and enhanced fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the wing members are of a "wet" design, holding fuel stores and granting the new jet its "long legs" in the sky. As expected, a traditional retractable wheeled/tricycle undercarriage is featured for ground-running.
The powerplants of choice are 2 x Rolls-Royce "Pearl" 700 (Rb.3043) turbofan engines rated at 18,250lb of thrust each unit. This provides the jet with a useful take-off distance of 6,250 feet and normal cruising altitudes reach just over 50,000 feet.
The cockpit is comprised of all-modern solutions including digitally-assisted Fly-by-Wire (FBW) controlling based in the suite used across the G500 and G600 platforms. The forward instrument panel is dominated by no fewer than four full-color Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) while each pilot position is separated by a center console housing throttle controls and other pertinent operating systems. Ahead of each position is a Head-Up Display (HUD) aiding in landing actions and, overhead, additional controls are shared between the two crewmen. Controlling of the jet is through a "side-stick" control scheme as part of the Gulfstream "Symmetry Flight Deck" avionics suite which includes fully-interactive touch-screen displays as well as attention being paid to pilot workload reduction.
The interior of the aircraft has been developed from the outset as highly customizable for the customer, allowing for various configurations to be had through seating, eating, relaxing, and workspace areas. Up to five individual living areas can be had depending on configuration chosen including an arrangement with a full galley and master suite and another featuring an "Ultragalley" complete with crew compartment. In all, the interior can support up to nineteen passengers and sleep up to ten in excellent comfort.
The cabin is the longest, widest, tallest - and possibly the quietest - of its class. The section can simulate lighting of various time zones to help reduce the effects of jet lag for long-range trips. Passengers are given oversized oval windows to take in light as well as views while seats can easily convert to beds as needed. Included is the Jet ConneX Ka-Band WiFi system for high-speed internet connectivity.
The G700 features an impressive maximum range out to 7,500 nautical miles and reaches speeds of just under Mach 1.0. The aircraft has a listed M.T.O.W. rating of 48,807 kg while dimensions include a running length of 33.48 meters, a wingspan measuring 31.39 meters, and a height reaching 7.75 meters - this makes the G700 the longest Gulfstream aircraft available, being about 10 feet longer than the preceding G650 cousin.