“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”
Mandarin Slang Prompts Gulfstream To Rename Aircraft
Gulfstream Aerospace has re-designated the super-midsize
G250 as the G280. When spoken, the numbers 2-5 in Mandarin Chinese resemble a slang term that has been variously reported as meaning "easy to go bankrupt," or "stupid." In Cantonese the numbers 2-5-0 sound a lot like "not effective." Though Gulfstream would not confirm that this is the exact reason for the name change, it did state that the move was prompted by the company's sensitivity to the varied cultures of its
growing international customer base.