Gulfstream has rolled out its 250th and final G200 business jet, capping a 14 year production run.
Gulfstream says the G200 fleet has flown more than 581,000 hours and completed more than 351,000 takeoffs and landings.
The G200 was originally introduced as the ‘Galaxy’ by Galaxy Aerospace, which was acquired by Gulfstream in 2001. The midsize jet was manufactured by Israeli Aircraft Industries in Tel Aviv and then flown to Gulfstream’s Mid-Cabin Completions Center in Dallas for interior outfitting and paint. The last G200 is scheduled for customer delivery later this month.
Gulfstream credits the G200 with establishing a niche market as a ‘super midsize’ corporate jet, becoming a mainstay in the US and opening new markets in Brazil, China and elsewhere.
“The G200 took the basic cabin dimensions of a large-cabin aircraft and made them available to a broader market by offering a shortened eight- to 10-place, two-seating-area layout with solid transcontinental US range,” said Stan Dixon, vice president, mid-cabin programs, Gulfstream.
The G200 will be replaced by the G280, which is scheduled to enter service in the first half of 2012.