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Bahrain 2012: Gulfstream bullish about regional prospects

Posted 21 January 2012 · Add Comment

Gulfstream Aerospace is showing a G450 here at the static park. The aircraft has proved a popular choice with private aviation users in the region because of its range and cabin size.

At the Dubai Airshow last year Larry Flynn, Gulfstream’s president, said that the Middle East remains a growing market for the company’s business jets and that political turmoil of the Arab Spring had “not had as much impact as we expected”.

As a result, Gulfstream’s long-range, large-cabin products – the G450, G550 and soon-to-be-certified G650 – continue to find favour. The US airframer says its share of Middle East large-cabin business jet sales exceeds 40%.

Gulfstream’s sales are now predominantly international, with about 70% of recent orders coming from outside the US. A decade ago, the Gulf accounted for 7% of the 1,000 Gulfstreams in operation. Today the number of Gulfstreams flying has grown to 2,000, with this region accounting for 8% of that total.

Jet Aviation Dubai is an authorised service centre for the product line and the Swiss company also has Gulfstream-authorised service facilities in Jeddah and Riyadh.

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