Gulfstream V: Rent the elite long-range jet

The Gulfstream V (model G V, pronounced "G-five") is a long-range business jet manufactured by Gulfstream Aerospace. The jet can accommodate four crew members and 14 passengers. It is used by the US Air Force under the designation C-37A and first flew on 28 November 1995.

In 1997, Gulfstream ushered in a new era in the history of business aviation with the Gulfstream V. The Gulfstream V followed the G IV and was considered the world's first ultra-long-range business jet at the time. It featured advanced technologies to meet the rigorous demands of intercontinental missions with flying colours. It was the first civil aircraft to be equipped with the advanced Enhanced Vision System (EVS), which assists pilots in poor visibility conditions.

Gulfstream V in oblique view on a tarmac at sunrise
Elegance and aesthetics: A Gulfstream V parked on the tarmac at sunrise

In terms of engine performance, communication capabilities and cabin comfort, the jet lives up to Gulfstream's self-image as a leading quality provider of innovative aircraft. Thanks to its long range and high speed, the jet quickly became the standard for private long-haul travel. GV Jets now routinely fly non-stop between Aspen and Frankfurt, London and Hong Kong, Beijing and New York or Moscow and Los Angeles. The Gulfstream V (G V) was originally developed as a response to Bombardier's Global Express, which it quickly outstripped. Compared to the Global Express, which is comparable in price, the GV scores above all with its greater range and its economical fuel consumption.

In February 1998, Gulfstream and the GV industry team were awarded the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy by the National Aeronautic Association. With countless world and national records set, the GV is without exaggeration one of the pioneering aircraft in private aviation. To date, 193 Gulfstream Vs have been delivered. In December 2002, the production line was switched to the successor models G500 and G550.

Gulfstream V during take-off
Simple popularity: The Gulfstream V during take-off

Advantages of a Gulfstream V as a rental aircraft:

  • Long range: When the Gulfstream V was launched in 1997, it was the world's first ultra-long-range business jet. This gave the Gulfstream an enormous advantage over the competition. The GV could reach destinations that other jets could not or only with time-consuming stopovers.

  • Multiple champion: The Gulfstream V has set more than 80 aviation records, making it one of the most successful private aircraft in history. These records include numerous fastest flights between popular destinations and route records for particularly long non-stop flights. The GV also set standards in terms of altitude. The GV's impressive performance is largely due to its leading-edge design coupled with state-of-the-art technology.

  • Proven reliability: Gulfstream V jets are known for their reliability: The relatively constant demand over seven years of production is a vivid testament to this. 193 jets delivered is a great sales success for a huge luxury aircraft costing several million dollars and serving a very pointed and exclusive target group.

  • Legendary Long Range Jet: The Gulfstream V is one of the most popular business jets in the world. It has a legendary status in private aviation and stands out from hundreds of ordinary models that are often forgotten as soon as a slightly optimised version comes onto the market. Unlike many others, the GV has stood the test of time.

  • Global Service and Support Network: Gulfstream's Global Service and Support Network is one of the many benefits of the Gulfstream V as a private charter aircraft. This comprehensive network provides owners and operators with access to factory-authorised maintenance, including 24/7 support and worldwide parts availability. In addition, a variety of training programmes are available to help ensure that the GV is used to its full potential.

Disadvantages of a Gulfstream V as a rental aircraft:

  • High age: The comparatively high age can be seen as a disadvantage of the Gulfstream V when looking for a private jet to charter. Even the newest jet - as of 2022 - has already been in service for 20 years. Those who charter one of the first models, on the other hand, fly in an aircraft that is up to 25 years old. With industry experts estimating the lifespan of a private jet at around 30 years, the service life of Gulfstream V aircraft is slowly but surely coming to an end.

  • Antiquated cockpit equipment: Would you work in an office with tube screens? Probably not. However, if you are a pilot flying a Gulfstream V, you may not be able to avoid it: the apparently outdated cockpit technology can be considered a disadvantage of the Gulfstream 5. However, for those who don't like the nostalgic touch, there are update options.

What to do when no GM is available? Fortunately, there are comparable alternatives for your next private luxury trip. Starting with the Gulfstream G550, the GV successor. This modern jet is also a large and luxurious jet with plenty of space for passengers and luggage. Unlike the GV, it has the latest comfort features in the cockpit and cabin. The Dassault Falcon 7x is a good alternative for those who need a little more space. The Bombardier Global 6000 is also a good choice, offering impressive performance coupled with long range. In the end, it is often personal preference and availability that make the difference. But those willing to travel can rest easy: All three options are good choices for charter.

The Gulfstream V is an excellent choice for a private charter aircraft in many cases: the jet is luxurious and spacious, comfortably accommodating up to 19 passengers. With a transatlantic range, the Gulfstream V takes travellers from Europe to many popular travel destinations around the world. What's more, despite its age and thanks to upgrades, the jet boasts an upscale cabin interior. If you are looking for an exceptional private charter experience, the Gulfstream V should be high on your list.

Gulfstream V airplane cabin
Lots of light leather and wood: The cabin of the Gulfstream V

Aircraft data / Technical data

Aircraft categoryLong Range Jet
ManufacturerGulfstream Aerospace
ModelGV (also: V, G5)
Number of units produced193
Production period1995 - 2002
Engine2 x Rolls-Royce BR710-48
Price35 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
Range10.742 km
Maximum flight altitude15.545 m

Capacity

Passenger capacity19
Maximum payload with full tank680,38 kg
Capacity of the most common rental variant13 - 15

Cabin

Cabin volume47,26 m³
Cabin (length x width x height)13,4 m x 2,24 m x 1,88 m

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Gulfstream V Business Jet cost?

The Gulfstream V costs between US$11.5 million for a 1995 model and around US$22.5 million for a 2002 model. These values represent averages for the respective model year. However, the actual selling price of a particular model may be above or below this average. This depends on a number of aircraft-specific factors, such as maintenance condition and the existence of complete logbooks.

How far can a Gulfstream V fly?

The Gulfstream Model GV is a large business jet with exceptional range. The luxury jet flies up to 940 kilometres per hour at an altitude of up to 16,000 metres. Its maximum range for non-stop flights is 12,000 kilometres. Connections between the city pairs Shanghai - Los Angeles, New York - Dubai, London - Tokyo or Frankfurt - Los Angeles are easily possible.

How does the Gulfstream V differ from the G500 and the G550?

The Gulfstream V differs from the G500 and the G550 in a few ways. Firstly, it is significantly older than the other two models from which its production has been superseded. Both the G500 and the G550 are equipped with the modern PlaneView cockpit. At least the GV offers an option to install PlaneDeck, which converts the display from CRT screens to LCDs and offers many comparable features. In terms of cruising speed, all three aircraft are on par. The G550 has the longest maximum range of the three Gulfstream models, followed by the GV. The G500 is designed primarily for effortless take-off and landing on short runways and therefore makes sacrifices in range.

How many Gulfstream V aircraft were sold?

A total of 193 GVs were produced. The aircraft has been certified in 55 countries, including 31 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) countries.

Who owns a Gulfstream V?

Famous personalities who own a Gulfstream V include Canadian-American actor and comedian Jim Carrey and former US professional boxer Floyd Mayweather. The already deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs received a Gulfstream V as a wage replacement from Apple in 2000.

Gulfstream Gulfstream V

Cabin Specifications

14Seats

12Suitcase

12Carry-on

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

Length: 15.27 meters

Height: 1.88 meters

Width: 2.24 meters

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