Gulfstream delivered 113 green jets last year, 27 percent more than the 89 shipped in 2005 and exceeding by 12 the previous record of 101 deliveries set in 2001. Orders also increased by about 27 percent. According to year-end figures released yesterday by Gulfstream parent General Dynamics (GD), Gulfstream last year took orders for 159 aircraft compared to 124 in 2005.
Gulfstream’s Savannah Service Center has received approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to perform maintenance on aircraft registered in Hong Kong. With the HKAR-145 certificate, the Gulfstream Savannah Service Center has the authority to work on Gulfstream G200s, G450s and G550s registered in Hong Kong. Currently, there are six Gulfstreams registered in Hong Kong–three G200s, one G450 and two G550s.
Gulfstream's initial investigation into the November 21 incident involving a jammed right landing gear on Nike's GV revealed corrosion on the main landing gear (MLG) uplock linkage bungee.
Zurich-based charter company Comlux took possession last month of an Airbus A318 Elite, making it the first to operate the type. The aircraft will be outfitted with a VIP cabin that seats up to 18 passengers by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, which is due to deliver the completed aircraft this quarter. The Elite is a 4,000-nm-range jet intended to compete with the Gulfstream G550 and Global Express.
The Wm Wrigley Jr. Company of Chicago has a rare bird, one of only two Gulfstream G550s equipped with a second crew-rest area, divided from the remaining aft end of the cabin by a sound-damping lead curtain. The second crew-rest area was built and installed at Gulfstream’s Long Beach, Calif. completion center. The other aircraft with a second crew-rest area is operated by NetJets.
Arinc Direct plans to deploy its Skylink broadband satellite service for business aircraft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by the end of this year.
BAE Systems is making another push to promote executive and corporate shuttle applications for its out-of-production 146/Avro RJ series of regional airliners.
During 2005 Gulfstream Aerospace sold 16 business jets in the Asia/Pacific region including the first large-cabin, long-range G450 and the second large-cabin, mid-range G200 to operate in the People’s Republic of China.
Ruag Aerospace Services (Stand A221-04) is about to convert a Gulfstream 550 into an atmospheric research aircraft. The German DLR Aerospace Center will use it for its high-altitude, long-range program, dubbed Halo. U.S. manufacturer Gulfstream subcontracted the modification work to Ruag, and is to deliver the aircraft to it on April 24.
Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss had hard numbers here at the EBACE show yesterday as evidence of business aviation’s improving fortunes. The Savannah, Georgia-based manufacturer plans to deliver 111 green aircraft this year and 127 next year, versus 89 last year. By some measures those are not big numbers, but to Gulfstream, which builds some of the highest value aircraft in the industry, they indicate a market in fine health.