If you’re seeking a luxurious new way to jet set around the world and flying Business Class just isn’t doing it for you anymore, you may want to take a look at Gulfstream’s latest private jet. No longer content with coming in second after Bombardier Inc. Global flew past the already-massive G650 with its revolutionary 7500 model, the Georgia-based manufacturer has once again come out on top with the announcement of the G700, poised to be the world’s largest and most expensive private jet, priced at HK$587 million.
The brand new business jet will make a behemoth example of luxury travel when it takes to the skies in 2022, especially since it’s the “tallest and widest cabin in [the] industry”, according to the firm’s president Mark Burns.
Every inch counts when you’re trapped in a plane for hours on end, and the Gulfstream G700 knows this. It stretches roughly 33m and has a cabin that’s 0.6m longer than its Bombardier competitor, and will be slightly higher and wider too. Range will also be upgraded to 7,500 nautical miles (up from the G650’s 7,000), with the same maximum speed of Mach 0.925, just under the speed of sound. Still, that’s 200 nautical miles short of Bombardier’s 7,700.
If you can look past this slightly disenchanting fact, the G700 promises to impress with the versatility of its configuration. Besides a master bedroom suite with a spa shower, the space can also be divided into five areas. The optional six-seater dining room doubles up as a conference space, and up to 19 passengers can be seated within.
To enhance the flying experience, Gulfstream has also incorporated a circadian lighting system around the plane to reduce jet lag. It’s also designed to be easier on pilots; the Symmetry Flight Deck in the cockpit has “Phase-of-Flight” intelligence and touch screen avionics to make starting up the flight more efficient. Meanwhile, the Predictive Landing System provides advanced warnings of runway deviations so adjustments can be made accordingly.
It’s little surprise then, that Qatar Airways has already snapped up 10 of these babies for its charter service Qatar Executive.
With a list price of HK$587 million — the most expensive in the market — the G700’s price tag is clearly proportionate to its sheer size, but it’s true when they say you get what you pay for.
This article was originally published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.