Thursday, 23 February 2017

2nd Johor G650 identified

At the end of last year, a black G650 was seen at Long Beach carrying 9M-TMJ. At the same time, 9M-ZZZ was seen here so there was a lot of rubbing of eyes. It has now been identified by Michael Carter as N639GA (6239) as it was towed across the field yesterday.

Monday, 20 February 2017

New Czech G550 delivered

G550 OK-JMD (5541) was delivered from Savannah to Prague last Saturday (18th) on delivery to ABS Jets. Picture via the Facebook Page of Private Jets Czech Republic who retain the copyright. Also from the same source is P4-GVI (6221) which was also delivered here last December.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Last G150 ferried to the States

IAI Gulfstream G150 N126GA (326) arrived at Luton last Wednesday (15th) from Belfast. It departed today to Shannon and Halifax en route to Dallas for completion. It was caught overnight by Westleigh Bushell sitting on stand 54. This is the 126th G150 and is believed to be the last one as no higher G150s appear on the US register.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

G650 receives Chinese type certificate

It has been announced today that the CAAC has issued a type certificate for the G650 and G650ER. See It will be interesting to see if any Chinese based G650s on other registers will transfer to the B register. One suspects it won't be long before we see something happen.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

3rd G650 for Abu Dhabi

G650 VP-CZC (6229) visited Amsterdam briefly yesterday on delivery from Savannah to Abu Dhabi - Al Bateen. It will presumably join VP-CZA (6016) and VP-CZB (6129) which are in the same "scheme". Thanks to Ian Saunders for the picture.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

New G650 spotted

This smart G650 was caught by Michael Carter at Long Beach yesterday. It's identity is unknown at present.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

G550 production continues

Another 20 G550s have recently been added to the US register (5561 to 5580). Reports on AIN Online suggest that there is still a 12 month backlog for this model. Not quite sure how many this means but looks like there's still plenty of life left in the G550.
N989JC at Zurich recently

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

G650s at the World Economic Forum

When 3 G650s turned up for the 2013 WEF and there were only 6 in service at the time, it was clear that this model would be popular here as the sort of people who attend usually have access to a top-end jet. This year, 22 G650s appeared during the 5 days that I was at Zurich (Monday to Friday) and I can see this total increasing as years go by. This figure does not include some parked at Altenrhein or Dubendorf that never actually appeared at Zurich.
Pictures of 17 of the 22 can be seen in my Flickr album. Link at top right of main blog.

Monday, 9 January 2017

1st G650 delivery of the year

G650 N624GS (6224) arrived at Ronaldsway IoM last night direct from Savannah. The stickers were removed today to reveal the registration VP-CER. Thanks as always to Alex Henthorn for sending this pic.
Update: Departed the following morning (10th) to Rotterdam

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Chinese market share of G650

There are currently 26 G650s based in China (including Hong Kong and Macau). There are a further 14 based in the Far East which represents about a fifth of all G650s delivered to date. This is therefore a vitally important market for the folks at Savannah. This figure is sure to increase this year. VP-CCW (6122) was caught by Keith Blackham at Luton earlier this week returning to Hong Kong.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Random Gulfstream photo #10

Today's picture is from Eric Parrott and brings another year to an end. Taken at Gatwick in June 1969 and shows G2 CF-HOG (007) of the Home Oil Company and was the first G2 to be exported. Eric continues to chase Gulfstreams and I'd like to wish him and all my readers a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Sultan's G550 arrives at Stansted

3 years after the Sultan of Johor's G4 arrived at Stansted causing much excitement, his G550 arrived there today for the first time. Due to be upgraded again to a G650 soon, this G550 has been reported as being handed over to the Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) football team next year which will become the first Malaysian team to have their own private jet.  Click to see my arrival shot
9M-TMJ seen shortly after arrival