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Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

Launch Customer Qatar Airways Showcases the World’s First Gulfstream G700 in Doha in Advance of Delivery in 2022. The G700 is equipped with the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engine, able to operate on sustainable aviation fuel

The G700 is an industry benchmark for sustainability and innovation, allowing the airline to operate one of the cleanest and quietest business jets.

Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

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The G700 cabin, the industry’s most spacious, can be configured for up to five living areas, including an ultra-galley with 10 feet of counter space; a dedicated crew space; an entertainment and presentation area; a six-person conference and dining area; and a grand suite with shower.

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Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

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The G700’s interior features an award-winning seat design and an all-new ultra-high-definition circadian lighting system, as well as the Gulfstream Cabin Experience, which includes 100 percent fresh, never recirculated air, the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, whisper-quiet noise levels, and 20 panoramic oval windows.

THE GULFSTREAM G700 SETS INTERNATIONAL CITY-PAIR SPEED RECORDS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

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The G700 will be the latest addition to Qatar Executive’s state-of-the-art fleet of long-range and ultra-long-range aircraft. The executive charter service provider has ordered 10 of the world’s largest business jets, and will take delivery of the very first aircraft off the Gulfstream assembly line in Georgia, U.S. in 2022.

The G700, equipped with the all-new Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and an advanced high-speed wing design, can fly at a record-breaking speed Mach.925 and range while promoting sustainable business aviation.

The G700 will be the most recent addition to Qatar Executive’s cutting-edge fleet of long- and ultra-long-range aircraft. Qatar has ordered ten of the world’s largest business jets, with the first aircraft leaving the Gulfstream assembly line in Georgia, US, in 2022.

 

Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

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It includes the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck, which includes active control side sticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touchscreen technology.

On September 1, 2021, an all-new Gulfstream G700, Gulf stream’s largest aircraft, set the first city-pair speed records from Savannah to Doha, Qatar, and then from Doha to Paris.

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The fully equipped G700 production test aircraft flew from Savannah to Doha in 13 hours and 16 minutes, covering a distance of 12,428 kilometers at an average speed of Mach 0.88. The aircraft then set another city-pair record, flying 5,469 km in 6 hours and 15 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90 from Doha to Paris.

Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

Courtesy : Qatar airways

The fully equipped G700 production test aircraft flew from Savannah to Doha in 13 hours and 16 minutes, covering a distance of 12,428 kilometers at an average speed of Mach 0.88. The aircraft then set another city-pair record, flying 5,469 km in 6 hours and 15 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90 from Doha to Paris.

Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

Courtesy : Qatar airways

On October 2019 NBAA Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Gulfstream announced its new flagship, the G700, showing a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power in Savannah. It should fly 13,890 km at Mach 0.85 or 11,853 km at Mach 0.90. Its longer cabin can accommodate up to five areas and has 20 windows. It is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and has new winglets. Customer deliveries should start in 2022. The $75 million jet is a 10 ft stretch of the G650. The aircraft completed its first flight on February 14, 2020.

Meet the G700, a $75 million Qatar Airways business jet and its specifications.

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The G700 should share its fly-by-wire cockpit with the G500 and G600: active control sidesticks and Honeywell Primus Epic flight deck with synthetic and enhanced vision systems for a common type rating. The jet is 110 ft long, about 9.8 ft longer than the G650ER and about 0.98 ft shorter than the competing Bombardier Global 7500. Its main cabin is 57 ft long, 6.2 ft high and 8.2 ft wide; 2.6 ft longer, 0.33 ft wider and a fraction taller than the 7500’s cabin. It should carry 19 seated passengers or sleep 10. It will have a MTOW of 48,800 kg and the 81.2 kN turbofans should burn 2-3% less fuel than the G650’s R-R BR725s. The aircraft should take off from a 1,905 m runway at MTOW and land in 762 m at a typical landing weight

The aircraft is stretched by 10 ft 1 in  for a longer cabin with five areas and ten windows per side, up from eight. The engines are 2–3% more efficient, the aircraft is 1815 kg heavier Maximum Takeoff weight than the G650ER for the same 13,900 km range.

Customer deliveries should start in 2022.The $75 million jet is a 3.0 m stretch of the G650. The aircraft completed its first flight on February 14, 2020

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Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan’s Ambitious Plan to Acquire and Produce Chinese FC-31 Stealth Fighter

Pakistan is embarking on an ambitious endeavor to bolster its air defense capabilities with the acquisition and potential local production of the Chinese FC-31 stealth fighter jet.

Talks are reportedly underway between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, the developer of the FC-31, signaling a significant leap forward for Pakistan’s military aviation prowess.

The FC-31, a mid-sized, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter, promises advanced air combat capabilities, including stealth technology that surpasses anything currently in the PAF‘s fleet. With plans to retire the JF-17 production line by 2030, the FC-31 could emerge as the new flagship aircraft, offering unmatched performance and versatility.

Experts speculate that Pakistan’s interest in the FC-31 could also signal broader implications for the international market. As China develops both land and carrier versions of the FC-31, analysts foresee it becoming a cost-effective alternative to pricier options like the F-35, potentially challenging the dominance of the US aerospace industry and reshaping global strategic rivalries.

Adding complexity to the deal is China’s push for the WS-13 engine, previously rejected for the JF-17 but now under consideration for both the FC-31 and future JF-17 variants. Engine standardization could streamline logistical and maintenance processes for the PAF, further enhancing the appeal of the FC-31.

While negotiations continue, the success of the FC-31 acquisition and local production hinges on several factors, including the outcome of the WS-13 engine discussions. Pakistan’s pursuit of the FC-31 comes amidst its eagerness to replace its aging fleet, with previous attempts to upgrade its F-16s by the United States due to geopolitical pressures.

Amidst these developments, Pakistan previous interest in the Turkish-made Kaan fifth-generation fighter underscores its eagerness to replace its aging fleet. Despite previous attempts to secure upgrades for its F-16s from the United States, Pakistan’s quest for advanced aerial capabilities has led it to explore alternative avenues, with the FC-31 emerging as a promising contender in its pursuit of air superiority.

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China’s Indigenous HH-100 UAS Successfully Completes First Flight

China’s Indigenous HH-100 UAS Successfully Completes First Flight

In a significant milestone for China’s aviation industry, the HH-100 aerial commercial unmanned transportation system successfully completed its maiden flight, as announced by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) on Wednesday.

The HH-100 demonstrator took to the skies for its inaugural flight at a general aviation airport in Xi’an, located in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. This successful test was conducted by AVIC, China’s leading aircraft manufacturer, marking a pivotal step in the development of the country’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities.

Developed independently by AVIC XAC Commercial Aircraft Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of AVIC based in Xi’an, the HH-100 consists of two main components: an unmanned aerial vehicle and a ground-based command-and-control station. This innovative system is designed to offer a cost-effective, high-payload solution for various transportation and logistical needs.

The HH-100 is notable for its low cost and large tonnage capabilities. With a designed maximum take-off weight of 2,000 kilograms and a payload capacity of 700 kilograms, it can transport approximately 4 cubic meters of cargo over a range of 520 kilometers. The drone’s maximum cruise speed is 300 kilometers per hour, and it can operate at altitudes up to 5,000 meters.

Primarily intended for feeder logistics, the HH-100 is also equipped to participate in a variety of other roles, including forest and grassland firefighting, fire monitoring, transportation and delivery of rescue materials, relay communication, and artificial rain enhancement. This versatility makes it a valuable asset in both commercial and emergency response operations.

Looking ahead, AVIC plans to develop a series of products based on the HH-100 platform, with models capable of carrying 5 tons, 10 tons, and even larger payloads. These future developments aim to meet the growing demand for large-scale, intelligent, low-cost, and highly reliable unmanned cargo planes.

The HH-100’s successful first flight marks an important achievement for AVIC and China’s aviation sector, showcasing the potential of homegrown technology to advance the country’s capabilities in unmanned aerial transportation. With its impressive range of features and applications, the HH-100 is poised to play a significant role in enhancing air-ground transportation connectivity and addressing various logistical challenges in the region.

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Russia’s Venture into Spare Parts Production for Western-Made Jets

Russia's Venture into Spare Parts Production for Western-Made Jets

In a strategic move to mitigate the challenges posed by the shortage of spare parts for foreign-made passenger aircraft, Russian carriers are charting a new course by turning to domestic alternatives. At the forefront of this shift are two groundbreaking projects unveiled at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 6.

Leading the charge is Protektor Group, a prominent Russian MRO provider, which has committed a substantial investment of RUB3.5 billion ($39 million) to establish a cutting-edge facility near Moscow Domodedovo airport.

This facility is slated to specialize in the production of spare parts tailored for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 narrowbody jets, with operations expected to commence in 2026. With a projected workforce of 800 employees, the facility aims to address the pressing demand for critical components in the aviation sector.

This initiative aligns seamlessly with broader governmental endeavors outlined in June 2022, which envisioned the manufacture of 1,036 airplanes using solely Russian parts by 2030. Bolstering this ambition, the state allocated a substantial sum of 283 billion rubles (U.S. $3.1 billion) in January 2024 to propel the production of 609 aircraft, with a particular emphasis on medium-haul models.

Protektor’s trajectory towards this pivotal milestone has been marked by notable achievements, including receiving production organization approval from Rosaviatsia in 2024. Prior to this, the company had earned certification for the overhaul of landing gear for Boeing 737s, solidifying its position as a trusted entity in aircraft maintenance.

Beyond the realm of spare parts production, the Russian aviation industry is poised for a significant transformation as it gears up to redefine its identity. Sergey Chemezov, the head of Rostec, the state-owned conglomerate overseeing aerospace, engineering, and defense sectors, has unveiled ambitious plans to resurrect the renowned ‘Yakovlev‘ brand. This rebranding initiative extends across the spectrum of Russian-made airliners, signaling a new era of innovation and prominence.

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