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National Business Aviation Association’s CEO Ed Bolen said "Many companies are using large-cabin, long-range business jets to provide nonstop access to overseas markets, especially Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. These airplanes can deliver business people to long-distance destinations within hours, greatly increasing the efficiency of travel and optimizing the work schedule " (Business Traveller December 2012).
The Gulfstream G650 has a list price of $64.5 million, is the first Gulfstream with full digital fly-by-wire controls and the fastest civilian use aircraft with cruising speed near the speed of sound of Mach number 0.925 and has a range of 7,000 nautical mile (13,000 km) seating between 8 and 19 passengers, opening up city pairs such as Doha International to Teterboro Airport New Jersey, Helsinki to Ro de Janeiro.
The long-range business jet market is competitive with a number of competing products available: Bombardier Aerospace Global 6000 and Global 7000 and 8000 in development, Cessna 750, Citation X, Dassault Falcon 7X and 2000LS and Gulfstream G5, G550 and G650.
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