Gulfstream extended its reach into the Middle East here yesterday with the sale of a G600 to Giza-based Cleopatra Group. Cleopatra already operates a G650, and the G600 will be delivered in the second quarter of 2019.

 “I’m proud to extend our 15-year history,” says Cleopatra Group chairman Mohamed M. Abou El Enein, who is also an FAA-rated airline transport pilot with multiple Gulfstream type ratings. “It’s really all about the quality of service. Gulfstream immediately responds, immediately answers questions, takes responsibility for everything about the aircraft. Gulfstream treats us as brothers.”

El Enein said his G600 purchase was influenced by his “flight” in the G500 cockpit simulator at Gulfstream’s Savannah, Georgia, headquarters. “I’m sorry the technology wasn’t available for the G650. I look at the G600 and I hope the G750 will have all those technologies,” referring to a possible future Gulfstream model.

Cleopatra Group is a worldwide conglomerate that operates resorts, including its flagship property at Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea, along with media, tourism and travel, agriculture, ceramics and high-tech subsidiaries.