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Gulfstream Hails Tech Milestone

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

14 February 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace announced on February 10, 2014, that it had delivered its 100th aircraft equipped with the company's business jet cabin management system, which enables passengers to alter in-flight cabin settings remotely from a smart phone or tablet. Its Gulfstream Cabin Management System (GCMS) app was first introduced on its ultra-long range G650 aircraft, before being offered on other jets.

The GCMS comes as standard on Gulfstream G650 and G280 aircraft, and is part of the Elite Interior option for the G550 and G450. The milestone 100th delivery was on a G650.

The GCMS app allows customers to have one simple handheld device that works across an entire fleet of Gulfstream products with different interior systems and options. The app can be used to adjust lighting, temperature, audio/video settings, and also to access relevant flight information and call an attendant.

Also on February 10, 2014, in a separate announcement, Gulfstream confirmed that it had relocated to larger offices in Singapore to boost the firm's ability to target clients in the Asia-Pacific region. The announcement was made at the Singapore Air Show where Gulfstream exhibited its entire business jet fleet.

Gulfstream aircraft already account for around 70 percent of the market for large-cabin aircraft in Singapore. The number of Gulfstream aircraft has tripled in the past five years, from 74 aircraft in 2008 to more than 235 in Singapore in 2013.

Scott Neal, Gulfstream senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, said: "We opened our first Asia sales office in Singapore in 1988. Then - as now - the office demonstrated our commitment to this market and the growth of business aviation throughout Asia. Having an office in the heart of the business district brings us closer to where our customers do business, allows us to respond to customer needs more effectively, and strengthens our relationships with key stakeholders in the region."

Gulfstream has also confirmed that during 2014 Jet Aviation Singapore, a firm authorized to carry out repairs and maintenance Gulfstream aircraft, is to open a new maintenance hangar alongside its current maintenance and Fixed Base Operator (FBO) operation at Seletar Airport.

Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support, said: "The expansion of product support capabilities in Singapore will allow us to meet increased demand in the region. The larger Jet Aviation facility will be able to accommodate up to five more G650s, which will give our operators in Asia more accessibility to our parts and services."

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