Qatar Executive, the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group, today unveiled its new executive jet, the Gulfstream G500, on the opening day of Farnborough International Airshow.
The G500 jet will be one of the fastest, quietest and most technologically advanced aircraft – including for cabin altitude pressure – in the Qatar Executive fleet when it enters service later this year. The G500 will join Qatar Executive’s fleet by the end of this year, and will mark the beginning of an agreement that was initiated in October 2014, between Qatar Airways and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
“Unprecedented levels of service”
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are tremendously excited to be unveiling our first Gulfstream G500 jet at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. With its many advanced features, this ultra-modern aircraft will enable us to offer our global clientele unprecedented levels of service.
“The G500 also demonstrates our commitment to continuing to expand the Qatar Executive fleet, in line with our accelerated growth strategy, enabling us to exceed our clients’ expectations time and time again.”
The G500 is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines, optimised for high-altitude, fast and long-range jets. The craft is capable of travelling non-stop from Istanbul to Cape Town; Los Angeles to London; and San Francisco to Tokyo.
The cabin contains high-speed internet, the Oryx One entertainment system, wireless local area network and Gulfstream’s Cabin Management System, which allows passengers to use their own personal electronic devices to control audio, video, lighting, temperature, window shades and other cabin functions.
Gulfstream president Mark Burns added: “We are excited to join Qatar Executive as they showcase their first G500 at Farnborough. The G500 ushers in a new standard of business-jet travel for passengers and pilots, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Qatar Executive as their G500 aircraft enters service later this year.”
Qatar Executive expects to receive eight of the 25 additional new aircraft it has on order between now and the end of 2019. Qatar Executive now operates a fleet of 13 Gulfstream and Bombardier private jets, including five Gulfstream G650ERs, three Bombardier Challenger 605s, four Global 5000s and one Global XRS aircraft.