Thursday, 19 April 2018

Chinese G650s

G650 B-3350 was spotted at Long Beach at the end of March by Michael Carter. It was subsequently rumoured to be the former N650TY (6109) but at the time of writing, this has not left the US register. It did a test flight from Long Beach on the 15th as N650TY. If this was just a re-paint and a change of register, one would have expected this to have moved on by now. It's possible that the current "trade war" between the US and China which means large import duties being imposed on aircraft of this size is the reason this one isn't moving. It would be possible to get round these taxes by retaining a non Chinese registration and basing it outside the PRC. Most of the "Chinese" G650s are on overseas registers anyway and most Chinese airports are full so this stands a good chance of retaining it's US registration. However, B-3350 might end up being a new frame as the aforementioned is all conjecture. As always, time will tell.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've flown this aircraft and as you've pointed out, it was originally N650TY.