Gulfstream V Operator Reaches 2,000 Flight Hour Milestone In Less Than Two Years

Gulfstream V Operator Reaches 2,000 Flight Hour Milestone In Less Than Two Years
GV Fleet Exceeds 37,000 Flight Hours


Savannah, GA, January 31, 2000 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that a worldwide charter operator has become the first Gulfstream V customer to surpass 2,000 flight hours in operational service. GV Executive Charter Co., a Switzerland-based executive transportation provider, passed the 2,000-hour milestone in less than two years of ownership during a 5,100-nautical mile charter flight from Moscow to Nassau in the Bahamas.

"The Gulfstream V is living up to our admittedly high expectations in daily, worldwide operations," said Peter Fried, GV Executive Charter Co. chief executive officer. "As promised, the Gulfstream V is meeting and often exceeding advertised performance figures."

"Customers are extremely happy with the premier level of service we are providing with the Gulfstream V," Fried said. "We have flown hundreds of charter passengers and they love the aircraft."

The Gulfstream V aircraft is in its third year of customer service with 72 aircraft in the worldwide fleet. The in-service aircraft, which have accumulated over 37,000 flight hours, are providing exceptional service to passengers with leading technology, unrivaled performance, reliability, operational flexibility and comfort.

The Gulfstream V is the world's first and most successful large-cabin, ultra-long range business aircraft. With 63 world and national records since its introduction into service in 1997, the Gulfstream V offers the most advanced technology available in business aircraft today.

With its proven ability to travel non-stop for 6,500 nautical miles, fly at speeds up to Mach .885, and cruise at altitudes as high as 51,000 feet, the Gulfstream V can quickly connect the world's far-ranging business centers. The aircraft's performance advantage takes it high above commercial air traffic, weather and adverse winds, permitting more direct routing and shorter flight durations.

"The Gulfstream V consistently demonstrates its flexibility, speed and efficiency on short routes as well as on long, intercontinental flights," said Joe Walker, Gulfstream's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "It performs these flights with the safety and performance margins that have been a hallmark of Gulfstream aircraft for over 40 years."

The Gulfstream V's luxurious cabin is also efficient and versatile. Only Gulfstream V passengers enjoy a low maximum cabin altitude of 6,000 feet and a 100-percent fresh air ventilation system. These unique features, coupled with the increased ambient light available through Gulfstream's large signature oval windows, virtually eliminate passenger fatigue and stress related to ultra-long range intercontinental travel.


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation is the leading designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of the world's most technologically advanced intercontinental business jet aircraft. The company has produced approximately 1,150 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the aviation needs of its customers, Gulfstream offers a full range of aircraft products and services, including the Gulfstream IV-SP®, the ultra-long range Gulfstream V®, Gulfstream Shares®, Gulfstream Financial Services, Gulfstream LeaseSM, Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales, Gulfstream Charter Services®, Gulfstream Management ServicesSM and Gulfstream ServiceCare®. The company employs more than 8,200 people at eight locations. We invite you to visit our website at

General Dynamics, which is headquartered in Falls Church, Va., has leading market positions in shipbuilding and marine systems, land and amphibious combat systems, information systems, and business aviation. The corporation employs approximately 43,000 people worldwide and has annualized sales of approximately $10 billion. More information about the company can be found at


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