Gulfstream to unveil new top-secret high-end business jet
Gulfstream Aerospace is due to unveil a new business jet – code-named P42 - which until today has been swathed in secrecy.
Gulfstream has become a master of building high-end business jets in secret, unveiling its flagship G650 and the smaller G280 well after it started manufacturing the first planes. The approach has helped it become the global market leader by revenue.
Keeping the development of new airplanes secret is no easy task, due to the fact they often require complex supply chains and the industry attracts intense regulatory oversight.
Historically, Gulfstream has kept a tight circle of suppliers that have worked on each new program and kept the flow of information scarce. Analysts believe that much of the technology inside P42 was pioneered on the G650, which was introduced in 2012 and can fly up to 18 passengers or travel 7,000 nautical miles - the longest range for any business jet currently in service. The rumor mill is working overtime, citing a launch today.
According to reports, Gulfstream’s new jet has been developed from scratch to eventually replace its best-selling G550 model. It is reported that a new engine made by Pratt & Whitney Canada will power the new family of jets.
The P42 is expected to be a long range, large cabin business jet and is purpose built for the globe-hopping ultra wealthy. Convertible sleeping berths, kitchens, onboard showers, satellite Wi-Fi Internet and the ability to fly nonstop for up to 15 hours are said to be just some of its defining features.
Few details about the new jet are known outside of Gulfstream, and exactly what the jet will be called remains unknown. The company has trademarked dozens of possible “G” permutations.
The new Gulfstream is expected to be unveiled at its Savannah plant.