Gulfstream G500 and G600
In late April, the Gulfstream G500 and G600 established new flight records in their weight classes from Shanghai to Honolulu and also from Honolulu to Gulfstream Aerospace's headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. The soon-to-be-certified twinjets each flew at an average speed of Mach 0.90. (Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace)

Gulfstream's New Twins Log Record Transpacific Flights

As the Gulfstream G500 and G600 close in on expected FAA approval dates—midyear for the former and by year-end for the latter—the twinjets have each racked up transpacific flight records in their respective weight classes, Gulfstream Aerospace recently announced.

On April 20, the G500 and G600 flew from Shanghai to Honolulu at an average speed of Mach 0.90. The G500 made the flight in 8 hours and 34 minutes, with the G600 taking just one minute longer. The following day, the sister airplanes flew from Honolulu to Gulfstream's headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. At an average speed of Mach 0.90, the G500 accomplished the flight in 7 hours and 44 minutes. The G600 clocked in at 7 hours and 49 minutes.

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The city-pair records are pending confirmation with the National Aeronautic Association, Gulfstream said.

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