Saturday, January 12, 2013

Gulfstream 280 strong newcomer in super mid-size class.

 The new G280 has a new wing, engines and empennage. It's now a genuine Gulfstream performance machine with the best thrust-to-weight ratio and runway performance in the super-midsize class. And it has more tanks-full payload, 350-nm more range and better fuel efficiency than its Canadian competitor, Bombardier Challenger 300.

The G280 has more cabin volume than either the Challenger 300 or the G200, along with a lower cabin altitude and reduced cabin sound levels. Its 120-cu.-ft. aft baggage compartment is the largest in class and it's now accessible in flight because the G200's aft fuselage fuel tank has been eliminated. The G280 carries all its fuel in wing, center and belly tanks.

The new Gulfstream super midsize has a 935-cu.-ft. cabin volume, 3,600-nm range and Mach 0.80 normal cruise speed. It has more range than either the Dassault Falcon 2000S or Embraer Legacy 600. It also can fly 100+ nm farther at Mach 0.80 than the Challenger 605 ! Bombardier Challenger 300 -still at the top of the game, at $14.5 million.
Aircraft guide: Bombardier Challenger 300 from CorporateJetInvestor on Vimeo.
In the U.S., large corporations such as Exxon Mobil, FedEx, Union Pacific and The Limited, along with Eaton Corp., PNC Financial Group and XTO Energy, operate fleets of the aircraft, according to FAA registration records (Source: Fred George, BCA, Jan. 1, 2013 issue)  

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