Qatar Airways has signed an agreement to purchase 10 G700 aircraft for its charter service, Qatar Executive, with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. This is in contrast to orders for additional all-new Gulfstream G500 and high-performance G650ER aircraft recently announced by Qatar Airways.
“Qatar Executive demonstrated their confidence in Gulfstream when they committed as international launch customer for the G500, which is in service with them now alongside the G650ER,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are grateful they have chosen to continue growing their Gulfstream fleet with our new flagship G700 and look forward to their customers travelling in the utmost comfort on the largest business jet in the industry.”
Eleven Gulfstream aircraft, including six G650ERs and five G500s, are currently in service with Qatar Executive. The executive charter service is the G650ER’s largest business operator in the world and the G500’s first private charter operator. “We are delighted to be the G700’s launch customer, the industry’s largest business jet, and look forward to the aircraft joining our fleet,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group CEO.
“The customers of Qatar Executive have extremely high standards and this aircraft will help us meet their needs by providing unrivaled performance that complements our customer service excellence.” Gulfstream launched the G700 as the new flagship for the industry. This features the biggest cabin in commercial aviation and can fly faster than any other rival in the business jet industry. The G700 will travel 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 km at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90, powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines. It features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck with active control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry.
Even unparalleled is the G700 cabin, which provides an extra-large ultragalley with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living spaces and a large master bedroom with master bath en suite. The aircraft also incorporates an all-new, innovative circadian lighting system developed by Gulfstream, capable of recreating sunrise and sunset through time zones. With 20 panoramic windows and 100% fresh air in the Gulfstream cabin area, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound rates, the G700 encourages well-being in-flight and significantly reduces the physical impact of nonstop travel around the world