A Gulfstream G650ER business jet has claimed a new speed record for a flight between Sydney and Los Angeles with a time of 12 hours and 40 minutes.
The record, ratified by the US National Aeronautic Association and now pending approval by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) in Switzerland as a world record, saw a G650ER depart Sydney at 0711 on March 11 with the aircraft averaging a speed of Mach 0.86 for the 6,620nm flight before landing at Los Angeles at 0151 the same day (after crossing the international date line).
The G650ER has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. It has a range of 6,400nm cruising at Mach 0.90 and a range of 7,500nm cruising at Mach 0.85.
The G650 and G650ER series now hold more than 55 world records, Gulfstream says.