The FINANCIAL — Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, took delivery of its first Gulfstream G650ER in a ceremony at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, United States, last week.
The official event marked the beginning of a new relationship between the Qatar Airways group and Gulfstream, as Qatar Executive received the first of its order for up to 30 new market-leading business jets, including Gulfstream’s all-new G500 and G600, for which Qatar Executive is the global launch customer, according to Qatar Airways.
The initial Qatar Executive order was for 20 Gulfstream aircraft, which was increased by another 10 aircraft at the last EBACE exhibition in Geneva in May 2015.
The delivery ceremony was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Gulfstream President Mr. Mark Burns, who together revealed the brand new G650ER in Qatar Executive livery.
As the world’s largest and fastest civilian aircraft, the Gulfstream G650ER is one of the most sought-after business jets thanks to its phenomenal range, industry-leading cabin technology and unparalleled cabin comfort.
H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We take immense pride in welcoming the first Gulfstream G650ER, the fastest ultra-long-range business jet in the world, as it joins our modern and dynamic Qatar Executive fleet.
“Qatar Executive demands nothing less than the best for its discerning passengers and the G650ER, as the technologically most advanced business jet available in the market, enables us to offer a superior product to our valued customers.”
“We are honoured to welcome Qatar Executive back to Savannah and deliver their first Gulfstream aircraft,” said Gulfstream President Mr. Mark Burns. “This delivery is the next step in our partnership with Qatar Executive as they bring the tremendous capabilities of the G650ER to their customers in the Middle East, and we look forward to the continued relationship as their Gulfstream fleet grows.”
The Qatar Executive G650ER aircraft can fly non-stop from the Middle East to North America or from destinations in Asia to Africa – farther, faster than any other jet of its kind – and is perfectly suited for those whose travel needs include flying halfway around the globe.
With the largest panoramic windows of any aircraft in the world of business aviation, the industry’s lowest cabin noise levels and excellent payload-carrying capability, customers will receive a premium charter experience, while they immerse themselves in the understated luxury and timeless elegance of the aircraft’s cabin interior.
The G650ER’s cabin is not only comfortable but also contains the most advanced technology. Productivity features include satellite communications, high-speed internet and wireless local area network, which allows guests to use the jet as an “office in the sky”.
The Gulfstream’s Cabin Management System further enables passengers to control a wide range of cabin features such as the window shades, lighting, cooling and the vast entertainment options.
Qatar Executive’s ultra-long range G650ER has a two cabin configuration and a capacity for up to 13 passengers. Seats convert into fully-flat beds so that seven guests can easily sleep on board. The aft cabin features a comfortable three-seat divan made of the finest woollen fabrics by the exquisite luxury label Loro Piana.
Further stand out features of the Gulfstream G650 are the fact it has the lowest equivalent cabin altitude of any business jet and the cabin air is replenished 100 per cent every two minutes.
The G650ER can travel 7,500 nm/13,890 km at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90 – so customers can travel at 90 per cent of the speed of sound.
The G650ER joins Qatar Executive’s existing long-range fleet of eight modern Bombardier aircraft, including three Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s, a Global XRS, and a 40-seat Airbus A319 All-Premium Class aircraft, all available for worldwide charter.