Gulfstream has delivered the first G650-series business jet into the Chinese market, following the handover of an US N-registered ultra-long-range ER variant to local firm Minsheng Financial Leasing (MSFL).
Describing the move as "significant", Gulfstream president Mark Burns says: “It highlights the continued need for long-range business jet travel in China, the role MSFL has played in expanding Gulfstream’s presence in the region, and the continued strong performance of the G650ER.”
With a two-year backlog for the 7,500nm (13,400km)-range ER model, and the 7,000nm-range G650, the twinjet-family is one of the few types bucking the trend at the top end of the business jet sector, where falling international demand has triggered a decline in new orders for most models.
Gulfstream has delivered more than 160 G650ERs since it first entered service in December 2012.
MSFL took delivery of its first Gulfstream type, a G450, in June 2010. Today, it has a fleet of 64 aircraft to support its leasing operation in the region. Chinese certification of the G650 series is expected “shortly” Gulfstream says, allowing deliveries of B-registered aircraft to begin.
Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database records an inventory of more than 100 Gulfstream types in China.