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Gulfstream G700 Takes Flight

GEORGIA The Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., this week announced the unveiling of its new flagship, the Gulfstream G700 claiming it's ‘the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business-jet industry.’ 

Chris Page

The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience.

Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mock-up of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters at the reveal in Savannah.

‘This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products,’ said Burns. ‘Thanks to our nearly 18,000 employees around the world, the G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”

Gulfstream also announced Qatar Airways as the launch customer for its new private jet which has a purchase agreement of 10 new G700 jets for its charter service, Qatar Executive. List price per jet is $75 million.

 “We are excited to be the launch customer of the G700, the largest business jet in the industry, and are looking forward to the aircraft joining our fleet,” said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways. “Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivalled performance that complements our excellence in customer service.”

The G700 boasts business aviation’s largest cabin and can fly further faster than any competitor in the business jet industry. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.

It features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight DeckTM with active control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry.

The G700 cabin offers an extra-large ‘ultragalley’ with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a large, bespoke master bedroom with en suite master bath. The aircraft also features an all-new, Gulfstream-developed revolutionary circadian lighting system that can recreate sunrise and sunset across time zones.

With 20 panoramic windows and the Gulfstream cabin environment of 100 percent fresh air, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound levels, the G700 promotes in-flight wellness and greatly reduces the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop. 

Design Innovation

On board, passengers can also enjoy six-place dining or conference space. The Gulfstream ‘Cabin Experience’ promotes and enhances wellness through 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry; the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 percent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin.

The aircraft introduces revolutionary benefits to business-jet travel with the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream-developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop.

Safety And Performance

The G700 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and other new safety advancements. Along with active-control sidesticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touch-screen technology, the flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System.

The system gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The G700 Symmetry Flight Deck also comes standard with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays.

The aircraft offers excellent takeoff and landing performance and can operate easily at weight-restricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.

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The London Wing

LONDON This week sees the opening of an exclusive women-only private members’ club. The Wing opens in Fitzrovia, a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus. Abigail Parkin  

It’s safe to assume that the London debut is highly anticipated given The Wing’s huge waiting lists in America where founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan located the club  in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston.  

The Wing London occupies a five-storey townhouse with interiors by in-house designer Laetitia Gorra. The Wing will provide a space for women to work, meet and socialise amid its pastel tones and hexagonal work tables. 

Given its pro-women concept the extensive library features female authors only and an all-women art gallery.

Brands are high-end with the beauty room stocked with Chanel products and a tea parlour offering Dashwood teas. The cafe and bar serves a menu devised by female chefs too.

There's also a checkerboard roof terrace from where guests can take a detached view of London's bustle. 

Founding members range from Emilia Clarke to Alexa Chung, so expect the  company to be of a certain calibre and creativity.  

The place to do so could be one of the club's many events. support groups for small business owners; business development and financial planning workshops; yoga classes with Jessica Skye; intros to coding and bike maintenance; and networking and community happy hours and breakfasts. 

Membership - from £170 a month or £1,836 a one year for one site

Full access membership - from £240 a month or £2592. 

See full specifics at  https://www.the-wing.com/spaces/london/

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Cats Get the Cream

LONDON Amatory Asylum brings its carnal carnival to the luxurious Wellington Club for Halloween. Lucy Kale

The mix of audience-immersive theatre, physical performance and dance party is brought to the Wellington by the House of Kittens; the theatre company that knows how to tell an erotic tale.

Amatory Asylum brings a rare collection of those stories to the night through conceptual dance and theatre pieces which aim to engage audiences in a new, liberated theatrical movement that puts wanton girl power at its core.

Guests will become medical observers in the surreal, sensual world of Dr Lili La Fleur, head of the Asylum and presiding physician of sexual psychological studies.

Elsewhere the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee will invite audiences to record the outré acts that they see in ‘inflammatory experimentation’ and psychosexual therapy.

Then head off to the annual Amatory Asylum Ball to mingle with the newly liberated ladies of the night.  

Founder and director Sophie Cohen is the high priestess behind it all and Amatory Asylum will be the first event set in the luxury of the newly reopened Wellington Members Club on Jermyn Street, one of the most daring and exciting private members bars in London. 

Expect 12 individual romance-to-kink performances lasting up to 16 minutes and performed across two floors.  

Dress Code: is Elegant, Medical, or Fetish - prizes awarded for best dressed.

When:  Halloween: Thurs 31st Oct & Fri 1st Nov

Doors: 8pm & Dancing till late

Tickets: General Admission: £35-40. Limited table reservations available

Buy:  www.houseofkittens.co.uk


Bookings via www.thewellington.club

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Hollywood in the Shires

Surrey and Hampshire have provided film locations for a number of Hollywood hits and From The Hip Video Production takes us on tour of them. Lucy Kale

The Surrey-based video production company, which is now spreading to Hampshire, sent us the above chart which features the highest-grossing films made in Surrey and Hampshire, respectively.

Virginia Water for Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

The infographic also details the location, length of filming and the final gross.

Jelly's Hollow for Beauty & the Beast

Netflix’s new deal with Shepperton Studios suggests a continued wave of interest in the area and a rise in the popularity of film tourism which further boosts local business.

Farnborough Airport for Quantum of Solace

www.fromthehipvideo.co.uk

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Tewkesbury Park

COTSWOLDS Tewkesbury Park resort has appointed Pic PR as its press and publicity agency in a further expansion of its luxury hotel client list. Lucy Kale

Tewkesbury Park is a family-owned hotel, golf and leisure resort set in 164 acres of Gloucestershire parkland.

Its views of the Cotswolds, the Severn Valley, the Welsh Mountains and the Malvern Hills, make Tewkesbury Park a picturesque location for any rural stays, corporate events or weddings.

The hotel is bounded by Tewkesbury’s charming streets and cosy pubs and the hotel also offers extensive on-site facilities including an 18-hole golf course, spa and leisure club, contemporary dining and luxury accommodation. Its expansive grounds also offer off-road driving and rage buggy racing and plenty of other pursuits to help build those corporate teams.

Or enjoy an indulgent spa treatment after a workout in the extensive gym with a whole range of spa and fitness facilities.

Elsewhere, private board meetings can be held for eight and annual conferences for 200.

Or enjoy an indulgent spa treatment after a workout in the extensive gym with a whole range of spa and fitness facilities.

Elsewhere, private board meetings can be held for eight and annual conferences for 200.

Pic PR leads in the diverse client sectors of hospitality, education, care and HR.

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Poppy on Release

LOS ANGELES Poppy's new single 'I Disagree' is now out and we've been sent the video plus tour dates. Abigail Parkin

'I Disagree' is the second single from her forthcoming album of the same name and the release of the track follows the album’s critically acclaimed lead single 'Concrete' a continuation of the eclectic, post-genre sound Poppy has pioneered.

The first two offerings from Poppy’s third studio album see the enigma playing with sounds of menacing electronica and deep prog-rock.

The singer has also released a new set of UK and European tour dates for March 2020 staring in Manchester on March 12 and winding down in Madrid on March 30. 

See the video here: