Some 83 percent of Gulfstream's G700-flights have been accomplished with SAF, the manufacturer reports. (Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace)

Gulfstream's G700 Moves Closer to Service Entry

The ultra-long-range jet has racked up city-pair records while using sustainable aviation fuel.

Gulfstream Aerospace’s ultra-long-range G700 continues to progress toward service entry late next year, checking off some key tests, including successful completion of high-altitude engine-performance testing at Telluride Regional Airport in Colorado, at an altitude of 9,078 feet. According to the company, 83 percent of its flights from the company’s Savannah, Georgia headquarters have used a blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The aircraft has already racked up several city-pair records. These include flights in September from Savannah to Doha, Qatar; from Doha to Paris; and from Paris back to Savannah. Further, the G700 has since set records from Houston to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and on the return from Riyadh to Savannah. Those flights used a combination of SAF and carbon offsets to minimize environmental impact.

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“Getting this amazing aircraft in front of customers has been one of the highlights of 2021,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “We are also further demonstrating our commitment to SAF by using the fuel blend as much as possible on G700 test flights—five out of six test aircraft have used the fuel blend on every flight.”

Gulfstream has purchased more than 1.6 million gallons of the SAF blend for company and customer use and was the first business aviation manufacturer to sign the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow 2030 Ambition Statement.