It’s now possible to fly a Gulfstream around the world with only one fuel stop. Depending on where you were flying from, that might have come in handy for this past weekend’s big fight in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, flew 8,010 mile non-stop, traveling from Singapore to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas with four passengers, including Wynn, and three crew members.
The trip took 14 hours and 32 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.85, with tail winds of 76 knots. The G650ER landed with fuel in excess of the National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves.
“This flight demonstrates how powerful an aircraft the G650ER is,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “To be able to travel distances like this is remarkable and truly captures the essence of this aircraft. Its range and speed are just two of the many reasons for its success and will continue to be the driving forces behind the demand for this aircraft.”
“The G650ER is a game-changer,” said Wynn. “It’s a vital business tool that gives me peace of mind thanks to its superior range, speed, cabin comfort and enhanced safety features. I fly around the world for my business, and this aircraft takes me there. Gulfstream continuously goes above and beyond; the proof is in the performance.”
Wynn was one of the first customers to receive a G650 when the aircraft entered service in 2012. He was also one of the first to upgrade to the extended range G650 when Gulfstream began offering the option last year. The aircraft has accumulated more than 1,115 flight hours and 545 landings.
If you are now kicking yourself because you just bought your 650, don’t worry, existing 650’s can be upgraded to the 650ER for an extra $2 million. A new 650ER starts around $66.5 million. Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the city-pair records will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records.
In addition to the two pending records, the G650ER set two speed records during flight testing in 2014. The aircraft flew from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, in 14 hours and 58 minutes. The G650ER then flew from Hong Kong to Teterboro, New Jersey, in 14 hours and 7 minutes.
The G650ER can travel 7,500 nm/13,890 km at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90. It has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925.