PICTURE: G280 sets 15 new city-pair speed records

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Gulfstream's G280 business jet has recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of a company-driven programme to demonstrate the reliability of the super-midsize aircraft.

"The 250h internal testing programme - among the most extensive voluntary reliability programmes ever implemented by Gulfstream - incorporates pilot check rides, maintenance on auxiliary power units, engine run qualifications, technical operations, publications validations and basic servicing and handling at typical fixed-base operators," says Mark Burns, Gulfstream president for product support.

Of the 15 new city-pair speed records set, the most notable were a flight from Aspen, Colorado, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and another from Honolulu to Savannah.

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The G280 flew the 3,034km (1,640nm) from Aspen-Pitkin County airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport in 3h 21min, at an average speed of Mach 0.84.

The ten-seat aircraft flew 7,630km from Honolulu to Savannah in 8h 19 min, at an average speed of Mach 0.80.

Gulfstream says the city-pair speed records have been certificated by the US National Aeronautic Association and forwarded to the Switzerland-based Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for ratification as world records.