On 02 December 2002 Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), held ceremonies to mark the production end of the GIV-series aircraft and the official start of production of two new models - the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300 and the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G400.
The Gulfstream G300 addresses an emerging market segment, one that requires a spacious cabin with standup headroom, generous aisle space and ample comfortable seating, but doesn't require long-range capability. With a maximum range of 3,600 nautical miles, the large-cabin, mid-range aircraft can fly up to 14 passengers at Mach .80 nonstop from Chicago to London. The aircraft, powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay engines, offers multiple cabin layouts and several preferred option packages.
Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered its first large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300 business jet on 06 August 2003. Introduced during last year's National Business Aviation Association's Annual Meeting and Convention, the first G300 is entering service with Royal Jet, a charter jet operator located at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. Royal Jet, a UAE AOC (Air Carrier Operating Certificate) holder, is jointly owned by Amiri Flight and Abu Dhabi Aviation.
The Gulfstream G300 offered the right range and optimum outfitting flexibility for the types of transportation services Royal Jet provides to the Gulf and the international community. Also, with its outstanding dispatch reliability and first-class product support, Gulfstream's G300 became the obvious choice.
Royal Jet's two G300s, known as a Multi-Purpose Aircraft (MPA), have been outfitted to perform two types of missions - one for VIP/executive charter and the other for medical evacuation transport. Royal Med, Royal Jet's medevac provider, uses the spacious cabin of the G300 for special accommodations, including two self-contained bed modules equipped with oxygen, compressed air, suction and AC power and a seating area that provides privacy for the patient, family and medical staff. Additionally, Royal Med's new G300 will feature a patient-loading system that optimizes the patient's comfort and safety when boarding the aircraft. Royal Jet will take delivery of its second G300 MPA in August.
The Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) validated the G300 as well as its sister ship, the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G400. This validation enables the two aircraft models to be certified and registered within the 37 European nations' aviation authorities that comprise the JAA.
Powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay engines, the large-cabin, mid-range G300 can fly 3,600 nautical miles nonstop, fly at a cruise speed of .80 Mach and reach an altitude of 45,000 feet. The purchase of the G300 includes a 15-year structural warranty - five years more than is offered by any competitor - that covers both parts and labor. Component warranties are five years and also include parts and labor.
With the largest cabin in its class and a third more baggage space than their closest competitors, the G300 provides ample space, allowing passengers to maximize their onboard productivity. Additionally, the cabin's 12 large signature windows and 100-percent fresh-air system ensure a comfortable environment in which to work or relax.
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