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Elon Musk reportedly places order for a Gulfstream G700 to replace his Gulfstream G650

Elon Musk, on the cusp of finishing up his acquisition of Twitter, has apparently chosen to upgrade his Gulfstream private jet. Musk just placed an order for a new Gulfstream G700, expected to be delivered in early 2023, according to the media outlet Austonia in Texas. However, its not known exactly when the aircraft will be delivered to customers it could be pushed to next year as the FAA brings unforeseen requirements to the process.RELATED STORY: Gulfstream G700 certification delayed as FAA adds requirementsThis spacious jet seats 19, soars up to 51,000 feet and has a base price of $78 million. It has a range of 7,500 nautical miles and can fly at near mach speed. Among the world's largest purpose-built private jets, the G700 serves as a longer and larger version of the Gulfstream G650, which Musk currently owns. Gulfstream states on its site that the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling and is powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines. This new plane will apparently replace Musk's 2015 Gulfstream G650. The G700 has among the largest cabins in business jets, a whopping 56 feet, and 11 inches in length. The plane offers multiple living areas, a luxurious lavatory complete with a leather seated lav, a galley, an entertainment suite, a dining area and a stateroom. The plane measures 109 feet and 10 inches in length, 25 feet and five inches in height and is large enough to accommodate a standing shower.RELATED CONTENT: Gulfstream announces G700 world tour Musk currently owns four jets, three of which are Gulfstreams. Musk still owns his first private jet purchase, a Dassault 900B. This new jet is fast and roomy, but costly. Flying the jet for 400 hours can cost nearly $3.5 million, mainly in fuel and maintenance. The public has been aware of Musk and his personal aircraft usage and movement thanks to the @elonjet Twitter account which tracks and reports data from his personal aircraft. Musk, a proponent of free speech on his newly acquired social platform, offered to pay the teen who built the program for the @elonjet tracker account $50,000 to take it down, yet the account is still currently active.RELATED STORY: PIA privacy program no match for teen tracking Elon Musk's Gulfstream on Twitter through ADS-B data?Photo: Interior of Gulfstream G700 courtesy of Gulfstream News/Gulfstream The next in line for Gulfstream and is the G800, also set to start deliveries in 2023.
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