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FIRST GULFSTREAM G300 ENTERS SERVICE
Royal Jet Takes Delivery of First Large-cabin, Mid-range Gulfstream Aircraft
SAVANNAH, Ga., August 06, 2003 – Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered its first large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300 business jet on Aug. 6. 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," said Capt. Tilmann Gabriel, CEO, Royal Jet. "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.
"We are naturally delighted Royal Jet chose the G300 and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with them," said Bryan Moss, president, Gulfstream. "As with all our customers, Royal Jet’s principals are assured that Gulfstream’s outstanding international product support team will keep their aircraft operating optimally, so they can concentrate on more important aspects of their business – their customers."
Last month, 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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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 1,300 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the mid-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G100™; the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300™; the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G400™; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500™ and the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550™. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 7,400 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 57,000 people worldwide and anticipates 2003 revenues of $15 billion. The company has leading market positions in mission-critical information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation. More information about the company can be found on the World Wide Web at www.generaldynamics.com.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically-advanced business jet aircraft.