UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7414 times:
Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter): In other words, why not operate two G-IVs, or two BD-700s? I understand the two models have different ranges, but would that really outweigh the benefits of commonality?
You really have to sit and think about it. The GIV and the BD-700 are two completely different breeds of aircraft. I have a feeling that N1 reg. is meant for an aircraft of this type. The current N1 GIV is not the same as it was 2-4 years ago. There is also 4-5 other Challengers in the FAA fleet. These two aircraft are nitch aircraft. The GIV is a big mid-range aircraft where the BD-700 is the ultamate in long range. They also have a large fleet of Hakwers, Beech, and Learjet aircraft. I have a feeling these kinds of fleet choices were made for specific reasoning and not just a whim.
The G-IV, in my opinion, has a very needed place in the FAA fleet. The size alone is 20+ feet longer than the Challenger. Cargo and Passenger capability is far better in a G-IV than in the Challenger. The BD-700, like the G-IV is clearly out ranged compared to the rest. I don't think a fleet of 2+ BD-700's is necessary. They are the FAA and their coverage should maily be the 50 United States. The G-IV should be able to do JFK-HNL-JFK with one stop going non-stop back, though it would be pushing it's range. It would also be able to do JFK-ANC-JFK non-stop both ways. So, while I think it is a bit odd to have a Gulfstream in such a large fleet of Lear's (now Bombardier), Hawkers, and Challengers (Essentially Bombardier), it does hold it's own in the fleet if you take a step back and look at what they're working with.