Qatar Executive Showcases New Gulfstream G700

Qatar Executive Showcases New Gulfstream G700

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Qatar Airways has today showed off the snazzy new plane that its subsidiary will be taking delivery of next year. If only there were an easy way to redeem miles for a flight on this. 😉

Qatar Airways has a private jet subsidiary

Perhaps some context is valuable first. While American Airlines has a subsidiary flying regional jets, Qatar Airways has a subsidiary flying private jets (naturally). Specifically, Qatar Executive is Qatar Airways’ private jet charter division. With this, the airline can offer worldwide charter services with a wholly-owned business jet fleet.

The Qatar Executive fleet currently consists of 19 aircraft, including Bombardier and Gulfstream jets. The division will continue to grow over time, as Qatar Executive has 28 more planes on order, most of which are to be delivered in the next couple of years.

Qatar Airways has a private jet subsidiary

Qatar Executive has quite a few firsts — it was the world’s first commercial service operator of the Gulfstream G500, it’s the largest commercial operator of the Gulfstream G650ER, and soon Qatar Executive will be the launch customer for the Gulfstream G700.

Qatar Executive has seen huge growth during the pandemic — average monthly block hours reserved grew by 76% year-over-year, with booking inquiries increasing by more than 100%.

Note that the Qatar Executive fleet is separate from the Qatar Amiri fleet, which includes everything from Boeing 747-8s to A340-300s. This is typically used by the royal family and other government officials.

Qatar Executive has 10 Gulfsteam G700s on order

Qatar Executive has 10 Gulfstream G700s on order, expected to be delivered starting in 2022. Today the G700 touched down in Qatar for the first time, as part of a demonstration flight by Gulfstream, honoring Qatar Executive as the launch customer.

What makes the Gulfstream G700 special?

  • The plane has an incredible range of 7,500 nautical miles at Mach 0.85, or a range of 6,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.90
  • With its speed, the Gulfstream G700 could fly from Doha to New York in 12 hours, significantly faster than modern airliners
  • The plane is equipped with Rolls-Royce 700 engines and an advanced high-speed wing design, which allows these record speeds
The first Gulfstream G700

As far as the cabin itself goes, the Gulfstream G700 can be configured in different ways, and can have up to five different living areas, with seating for up to 19 passengers, and sleeping for up to 13 passengers.

Gulfstream G700 cabin
Gulfstream G700 cabin
Gulfstream G700 cabin
Gulfstream G700 cabin

There are a variety of configuration options, depending on what you’re going for. There’s a configuration with four living areas, which can seat 19 passengers and sleep up to nine passengers. The main benefit of this configuration is that it has a crew compartment.

Then there’s a layout with five living areas that can seat up to 18 passengers and sleep up to nine passengers, and this configuration features a proper bed. However, it doesn’t seem to feature a crew rest. To those who know more about private jets than I do, any clue what happens there — do the pilots just stay in the cockpit the entire flight and sit upright while “resting,” is there simply no rest, or…?

Then there’s a configuration that seats up to 13 passengers and sleeps up to eight passengers, which ultimately seems to be the most comfortable. Best I can tell, it looks like this configuration has a full bathroom with a shower, while the other configurations don’t have a shower (someone correct me if I’m wrong).

I’m curious which layout Qatar Executive selects.

Here’s how Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, describes this plane:

“We take great pride in the expansion of Qatar Executive throughout the ongoing pandemic. The arrival of the Gulfstream G700 in Doha emphasises our position as one of the leading business jet aircraft service provider in the Middle East and around the world. As the global launch customer for this technologically-advanced jet, we look forward to welcoming the G700 into Qatar Executive’s fleet in 2022 and continuing to set new standards in air travel for years to come.”

Bottom line

The Qatar Executive fleet will soon be taken to the next level, thanks to the Gulfstream G700. The plane is incredibly fast and long range, and can operate ultra long haul flights faster than many modern airliners can. While I don’t often cover private jets on the blog, I do enjoy keeping up with what Qatar Airways is doing, and the Qatar Executive fleet is a part of that.

What do you make of Qatar Executive’s Gulfstream G700s?

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  1. Gerard

    I used to manage the fleet for a small charter company back in the day. Working on Gulfstreams was a joy - really top notch aircraft. The loss times for the Gulstreams were significantly lower to their competitors.

  2. DCharlie

    I was a consultant on the aerodynamics of this baby:)

  3. Faye Green

    I cannot wait to put my order in for my G700. Keep up the good work keep getting better and stronger. Thank you Qatar Airways .

  4. Oscar Ploeg

    @kent. How many G700s does your family manage? So nice of you to fly refugees.

    1. Kent

      Two G700s are on order with deliveries expected by 2024. It's a business - we do it because we get paid. It's not altruism. However, the point is that a lot of aid work around the world is directed through private charters to destinations not served by commercial nor govt. endorsed aircraft. The UN is just one consistent customer.

  5. Marie Jules

    How may pounds of luggage can it take or how far can it go, its a nice sides of jet.

  6. Daniel

    Drats! This model renders my Gulfstream spotting trick (count the windows and then subtract 2) useless!

    With 10 windows, my math would make this a G8, which it is not. Sad day.

  7. Dave

    The crew rest compartment is for a 3rd crew member when required by regulation or operator practice for flights over a certain duration.

  8. RJ

    I've worked on 24 different aircraft. The dispatch rate is what makes Gulfstream different. Global service, parts, technician support make it number 1 with on time departures and arrival. Time is money ....

  9. David

    Any Qatar Privilege Club miles and EQM for flying these jets?

  10. khatl

    Qatar has had a private fleet for many years. I had a chance of a private tour of Qatar's 650 a few years back at Farnborough. Absolutely gorgeous inside with beds, kitchen etc. Just wish I could have taken a long haul flight in one!

  11. Eskimo

    Akbar Al Baker has gone mad.

    Interesting to see how they plan to operate. The cost of repositioning flights will make them very uncompetitive.

    1. Jack

      The filthy-rich Qatari market demographic isn't really known for shopping around to get competitive pricing.

  12. Eric

    Making the earth an uninhabitable wasteland through climate destruction so that autocratic thieves can get to their destination 30 minutes earlier: seems like a worthwhile trade-off. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    1. Glenn

      Oh Eric my heart breaks for you. Waking up everyday with such misery has to be a burden

    2. Kent

      I don't understand your cynicism. Time is money for many - even if you don't consider it so. My family and I operate a fleet of G600, G650 and G700s as charters. Last week, our fleet were used teams of Unicef aid workers deliver supplies to Afghanistan. On the return flight, we were able to carry civilians and evacuees with us.

    3. Kent

      correction - *G500 (not G700 - although a few of these are on order)

  13. KL808

    So how many AA miles will it be from LAX-DOH on this sucker?

    Buwahahahaha

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Gerard

I used to manage the fleet for a small charter company back in the day. Working on Gulfstreams was a joy - really top notch aircraft. The loss times for the Gulstreams were significantly lower to their competitors.

DCharlie

I was a consultant on the aerodynamics of this baby:)

Kent

Two G700s are on order with deliveries expected by 2024. It's a business - we do it because we get paid. It's not altruism. However, the point is that a lot of aid work around the world is directed through private charters to destinations not served by commercial nor govt. endorsed aircraft. The UN is just one consistent customer.

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