benbeny wrote:That bird (quoting OP) has N-registration, so I assume it must have 2 crews.
It must be boring, floating for 13 hours, seeing nothing.
And I assume it had nice tailwind along the way, they might not be able to return nonstop, except if they go the other way round.
canyonblue17 wrote:Walking into PBI today I noticed N777ZH a Gulfstream 650 depart. Not completely unusual here at PBI - as it is home to many of the wealthiest aircraft operators around. Then I pulled it up on flightaware.com and noticed it was flying non-stop to Almaty, Kazakhstan, with a flight time of almost 13 hours. First off - PBI to Kazakhstan is a little unusual of a route. Second - that's a serious hike even for that type of bird. Any idea who would be flying that route - with the understanding that PBI gets many unusual visitors now because of President Trump. And what is the range for the G650 - I would imagine this has to be one of the longer (not longest) flights? Just a quick side note - flightaware.com currently has the aircraft doing 718mph at 49,000 feet.
Boeingphan wrote:Look at the flight log on flight aware and explain what on earth he was doing at 11:46-12:30. They are all over the place. Climbed to 41k then was all over the place down to 29 and back up to 43. Id assume it was for turbulence and maybe they wanted lower but usually it's not 11k difference. Any thoughts?
canyonblue17 wrote:Thanks for the info Wes. Any idea who operates that aircraft in Almaty - or is it just a leasing/rental company?
wezgulf3 wrote:Looking at the scheme on 777ZH I would guess it's a replacement for Almaty based G450 N888DC. Impressive flight but would guess it was Its proper delivery flight having left Gulfstream last week.
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