Gulfstream has an impressive line up of business jets at this year’s Farnborough air show, and has its latest and largest business jet, the G800, parked nearby at the company’s Farnborough airport service centre.

The Savannah-based airframer flew the in-development G800 to Farnborough despite the aircraft having only completed its first flight on 28 June.

G800 first flight

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First flight of Gulfstream’s G800, at Savannah/Hilton Head International airport on 28 June 2022

“There’s a lot of market activity,” said Gulfstream senior vice-president of worldwide sales Scott Neal, speaking at the service centre on 19 July, and it is “significant interest in the Gulfstream product line”.

Gulfstream has four models on static display at the show: the G500, G600, G650ER and G700.

Meanwhile, EASA has granted steep approach and landing approvals for the G600 and G650ER, meaning those jets can operate into more airports, including London City.

The 8,000nm (14,816km)-range G800 and the slightly larger, 7,500nm-range G700 – both powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 turbofans – are Gulfstream’s flagships and both remain in development.

In recent months, Gulfstream said certifications for both types are running up to six months late due to a more intense review by the US Federal Aviation Administration of the jets’ software.

That means the G700’s service entry could come as late as mid-2023, with the G800 following in early 2024.

Gulfstream opened its Farnborough service facility two years ago as part of a broader expansion by the company of its support offerings.

Several weeks ago, the airframer opened a facility at Alliance airport in Fort Worth, Texas, and in the second half of 2023 it aims to have new site in Mesa, Arizona operating.