The Gulfstream G650ER from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently beat records for speed and distance, traveling 8,379 nautical miles at an average speed of 626 miles per hour. The flight from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona, beat the previous record by 44 minutes and more than 225nm. The G650ER has now flown farther, faster than any other jet in history.
The G650ER departed Singapore’s Changi Airport at 4:53 p.m. local time March 29, crossing the Pacific at an average speed of Mach 0.85 and arriving in Tucson at 5:16 p.m. local time March 29, with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves. The flight took 15 hours and 23 minutes.
Since the G650ER entered service in 2014, it has demonstrated both its real-world performance capabilities and exceptional comfort. Along with its sister aircraft the G650, the G650ER has earned 90 speed records. In 2015, the G650ER flew 8,010 nm/14,835 km from Singapore to Las Vegas in 14 hours and 32 minutes. Then, in 2019, the G650ER flew 7,475 nm/13,843 km from Singapore to San Francisco in 13 hours and 37 minutes.
Known for its ability to connect far-flung cities at the fastest speeds, the G650ER offers passengers both style and comfort with the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience. The jet offers 100 percent fresh air, the lowest cabin altitude, the quietest cabin sound levels, 16 of the industry’s largest windows, a high-definition entertainment system, high-speed connectivity and a gourmet kitchen that can be located forward or aft, per customer preference.
The Singapore-Tucson city-pair record is pending approval by the National Aeronautic Association. The speed for all records is determined by great circle distance, which for this record is 7,990 nm/14,797 km. The actual distance flown by the Gulfstream G650ER was 8,379 nm/15,518 km at an average speed of 626 mph/1,007 kph.