Flying Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER at 50,000 feet

After viewing the new experimental Gulfstream G700, I was invited to a flight onboard Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER. Qatar Executive is the private jet division of Qatar Airways.

There were a few surprises apart from the usual luxury onboard a private jet. The G650ER cabin was extremely quiet, much quieter than any commercial airliner. The pilot drew the letter "QE" in the sky over Doha at 15,000 ft.

After lunch, the G650ER climbed to 50,000 ft which is a higher cruising altitude than all of the commercial airliners. It was a personal high for me! (since Supersonic Concorde at 58,000 ft).

The Gulfstream G650ER flight not only showed the luxury and privacy of business aviation but also the aircraft's performance. The G650ER was able to fly faster, higher, and quieter.