Gulfstream G550: Rent the most popular Gulfstream of the 21st century

The Gulfstream G550 is a business jet manufactured by General Dynamics' Gulfstream Aerospace division in Savannah, in the US state of Georgia. The certification designation is GV-SP. A version with lower fuel capacity was marketed as the G500.

Compared to the predecessor models Gulfstream V and G IV, aerodynamic optimisations allowed the reduction of drag, better fuel efficiency and as a result an increased range of 460 kilometres. Thanks to its improved take-off performance, the G550 can take off with a 230-kilogram higher maximum take-off weight.

Gulfstream G550 in oblique view on a tarmac under cloudy skies
Most popular Gulfstream of the 21st century: A Gulfstream G550 parked at a small airport

As soon as you board, you will notice the added seventh pair of windows and the slightly forward-shifted boarding door: passengers also benefit from the increased usable cabin length. In the cockpit, the popular business jet features the PlaneView flight deck with Cursor control devices, Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, a standard Rockwell Collins head-up guidance system and an enhanced vision system from Elbit. The latter improves so-called situational awareness in poor visibility conditions.

Known as a mature ultra-long-range private jet, the G550 combines its impressive speed and range with superb interior design. The fast long-haul jet has set over 40 route records for popular city pairs, including New York to Dubai, London to Hong Kong and Tokyo to Paris. The cabin offers four separable areas: Thanks to modern multimedia equipment, it provides excellent entertainment even during long intercontinental flights.

Winner of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy, the G550 was named "Best Business Aircraft" in 2003. It was also named one of the most reliable aircraft for business travellers by the National Business Aviation Association, thanks to its 99.9 per cent handling reliability.

Gulfstream G550 in flight.
Characteristic winglets: The Gulfstream G550 in flight over a beach landscape

Advantages of a Gulfstream G550 as a rental aircraft:

  • Large and versatile cabin: The Gulfstream G550's large and versatile cabin is especially beneficial on long charter flights. The interior can accommodate up to 19 passengers. There is also plenty of storage space for luggage. Flexible seating options allow passengers to choose the exact configuration that best suits their travel purpose. The cabin also features a number of other amenities, including a large galley, two comfortable lavatories and an advanced in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.

  • A guarantee of reliability: The G550 was developed to shine even under the greatest loads. It has proven its outstanding reliability time and again in thousands of operations. Modular avionics units and redundancies in the cockpit ensure optimal safety on board. Pilots can rely completely on the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) when landing, allowing access to more airports.

  • Long-range champion: The Gulfstream G550 is a proven long-range flying champion. With its ability to fly further and faster than most other private jets, the is perfect for travelling to transatlantic destinations. Whether you're travelling to a meeting in Japan or a holiday destination in the US, the popular Gulfstream will get you there comfortably, safely and efficiently.

  • Award-winning technology: The Gulfstream G550 was awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2003 for its technological and safety advances. Innovations include a new wing design, improved navigation and an advanced autopilot system. Thanks to these state-of-the-art safety features, travellers can expect a smooth and quiet journey.

  • Prestige aircraft: Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, is known for his wealth and his penchant for luxury cars and jets. It should therefore come as no surprise that he owns a G550 from the American manufacturer. This jet is obviously very important to him, because he has gone to great lengths to protect it from theft. Musk had a security system installed that allows the location of the aircraft to be tracked at all times.

Disadvantages of a Gulfstream G550 as a rental aircraft:

  • Catchable: The Gulfstream G550 was long considered the fastest long-haul business jet in the world. But in the meantime the competition has caught up. If absolute cruising speed is an important factor, then Bombardier's faster Global 6000 could possibly be the preferred charter jet option.

  • Retirement model: Similar to the original Game Boy and the Volkswagen Beetle, Gulfstream's G550 also suffered a fate in 2021: it was sent into retirement to clear the way for bigger and better successor models. This means that the jet is largely decoupled from future developments.

As an alternative to the Gulfstream G550, business travellers can consider the Bombardier Global 6000 or the Dassault Falcon 8X. Both aircraft offer slightly less space, with 12 and 13 seats respectively, but are comparable to the Gulfstream in terms of many other features. The Bombardier Global 6000 is the fastest of the three aircraft, while the Dassault Falcon 8X has the lowest operating costs per hour. The latter could translate into a lower charter price.

The bottom line is that the Gulfstream G550 is a great option for a business or private long-haul charter flight. The massive business jet offers many luxurious features that make the journey even more enjoyable and pleasant. These include a large cabin with plenty of room to move around, comfortable seats and high-quality audio and video systems. In addition, the G550 is known for its excellent performance and reliability, making it a good choice for those who need to travel long distances with minimal time investment.

Gulfstream G550 Aircraft cabin
Contemporary modern: The cabin of the Gulfstream G550

Aircraft data / Technical data

Aircraft categoryLong Range Jet
ManufacturerGulfstream Aerospace
ModelG550 (2000-2002: GV-SP)
Number of units produced> 600
Production period2003 - 2021
Engine2 x Rolls Royce BR710 C4-11
Price62 million US dollars (list price at launch)
Crew2 Pilots
Toilet2 (1 x front, 1 x rear)

Performance

Take-off route1.801 m
Landing distance844 m
Maximum speed904 km/h
Range12.501 km
Maximum flight altitude15.545 m

Capacity

Passenger capacity19 Personen
Maximum payload with full tank816 kg
Capacity of the most common rental variant14 Personen

Cabin

Cabin volume47,26 m³
Cabin (length x width x height)15,27 m x 2,24 m x 1,88 m

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Gulfstream G550 Business Jet cost?

The list price for a new G550 was around 62 million US dollars. The last new model was delivered in 2021. Therefore, only used models are currently available. A 2003 model costs around 15.5 million US dollars, a used 2022 model around 41 million US dollars. These prices represent averages for the respective model year. However, the retail price of a particular G550 may be above or below the average. The exact used price depends on a number of aircraft-specific factors, such as how well the aircraft has been maintained, how complete its logbooks are, and when the next overhaul or major inspection is due.

How far can a Gulfstream G550 fly?

The G550 is capable of flying up to 12,501 kilometres non-stop, but can also operate from short-haul airports at high altitudes. Besides the long range, the high payload is a frequently mentioned advantage of the solid long-haul aircraft.

How does the Gulfstream G550 differ from the Bombardier Global 6000?

One noticeable difference between the two aircraft is the Global's more spacious cabin. The main reason for this is the greater cabin height. In figures, this feature means 44 per cent more cabin volume for the Global 6000 compared to the G550. However, when it comes to the maximum number of passengers, the G550 shows its advantages. In addition, the Gulfstream offers better accessibility to smaller airports due to its superior short runway capabilities. This fact can bring travellers closer to their destination and reduce ground transportation time. Both aircraft are capable of non-stop commuting between continents at high cruising speeds, easily connecting cities such as Sao Paolo and Moscow, Edinburgh and Beijing, and Guatemala City and Madrid.

How many Gulfstream G550 aircraft were sold?

On 17 June 2020, Gulfstream Aerospace announced the last sale of a Gulfstream G550 jet. The jet was delivered the following year (2021). This marked the end of G550 production after around 17 years and more than 600 deliveries.

Who owns a Gulfstream G550?

It's no secret that Tesla and Twitter boss Elon Musk is a big fan of Gulfstream jets: he owns three at once. In addition to a G650ER, which he acquired in 2016, the billionaire owns no less than two G550 aircraft, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show. Another popular owner of a G550 is US golf star Tiger Woods.

Gulfstream G550

Cabin Specifications

14Seats

14Suitcase

14Carry-on

Plan of the interior cabin layout of the Gulfstream G550 private jet

Length: 15.39 meters

Height: 1.88 meters

Width: 2.24 meters

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