Flying High

For many years, the Gulfstream G650 was the ultimate in aviation excess, and the choice for royalty and rappers alike. The new G700 combines mechanical excellence and decadence to create a new standard of private aviation.
Words by Bill Lindsey | December 27, 2019 | Luxury

The moment you step onto the tarmac from a Gulfstream jet, everyone watching knows you’ve made it. Gulfstream jets are the gold standard of aircraft, with the $65 million G650 established as the ultimate in luxurious private travel. Now, however, the torch has been passed to the new G700. The evolution was straight-forward, as Gulfstream simply increased the cabin size to make it the widest and longest available, utilized the latest high-tech Rolls-Royce high-thrust engines and created their proprietary, cutting-edge Symmetry Flight Deck to tie it all together. A top speed of Mach 0.90 combined with a range of up to 13,890 nautical miles and a fuselage that can be laid out to allow up to 5 living areas, means that the G700 is essentially a more compact version of Air Force One. The price? Well, as they say, if you must ask, you probably can’t afford it;