Posted on January 22, 2016
Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, today revealed its new Gulfstream G650ER and officially welcomed the aircraft into the fleet with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bahrain International Air Show. The aircraft was inaugurated by Qatar’s Minister of Transportation, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Al Sulaiti; and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
H.E. Mr. Al Baker said: “We are delighted to reveal the Gulfstream G650ER here at the Bahrain International Airshow. It is with enormous pride that we welcome the industry’s most advanced business jet into our fleet. We look forward to offering our valued and discerning customers the opportunity to experience this new-generation aircraft, the next time they fly with Qatar Executive.” Today was the first time the jet has been showcased to the public since it was handed over to Qatar Executive by Gulfstream at its headquarters in Savannah in December 2015. This aircraft is the first of an order by Qatar Executive for up to 30 business jets, including its all-new G500 and G600, for which the airline is the global launch customer.
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.
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.