The New Ultralong Range Gulfstream G500

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While the downturn of 2008 impacted the mid-size cabin class market, the large cabin class aircraft continued to see a level of growth through the economic turmoil. Now 10 years later and that growth continues as new aircraft continue to be introduced in the large cabin class, ultralong range market. Gulfstream is just one of the manufactures that has brought new aircraft to the market as they complete the final stages of certification on the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 ultralong-rang and ultramodern aircraft, set to deliver later this year.

The new Gulfstream G500 interior has been optimized to provide the highest level of comfort and efficiency, featuring wide leather seats, flat floor design and 14 of Gulfstream’s signature panoramic windows, the largest in the industry (16 in G650 an G650ER models). Up front the Gulfstream G500 offers the Symmetry Flight Deck, with active sidestick controls, and large touchscreen avionics with a heads up display all of which continues to help reduce pilot workload and situational awareness in low light conditions.

With the Gulfstream G500 and 600 being the latest offerings to Gulfstream’s already impressive family that includes the ultralong-range, G550 and the G650/650ER, let’s take a quick look at the numbers, between these models. The five aircraft range in length from 91’2” with the Gulfstream G500, to 96’1” and 96’5” for the G600 and G550 respectively and finally G650 and G650ER with a total length of 99’9”. Their wingspans range from 86’4” on the Gulfstream G500, to 93’6” (G550), 94’2” (G600), and finally 99’7” for the G650 and G650ER. Internally all of the comparison aircraft offer a cabin height of 6’2” or greater with most offering 6’4” of height and a total cabin width of 7’4” or greater with most cabins closer to 8 feet. Additionally all five have a maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 feet and are configurable for up to 19 passengers.

When it comes to speed the Gulfstream G500, G600, G650, and G650ER are designed for a Maximum Mach Operating (MMO) number of 0.925 Mach, delivering a high-speed cruise of 0.90 Mach (516ktas) and long-range cruise of 0.85 Mach (488ktas). While in contrast, the MMO of the Gulfstream G550 is 0.885 Mach, with a high-speed cruise of 0.85 Mach and long-range cruise of 0.80 Mach.

The key to these ultralong range aircraft is just that, their range… comparing the maximum ranges of the aircraft, we see more significant differences: At long-range cruise speed, the max range of the Gulfstream G500 is 5,200nm, the G600 is 6,500nm, the G550 is 6,750, the G650 is 7,000nm and the Gulfstream G650ER is 7,500nm. To see what these numbers mean, you can visit the interactive range map on the Gulfstream website (www.gulfstream.com/aircraft#rangemaps). There, you can select an aircraft, departure city, and long-range or high-speed cruise to visualize how far the aircraft can fly in one leg. To see a better side by side comparison on the numbers, see our comparison chart below.

As we finished our look at the Gulfstream G500 with its ultra-sleek and ultramodern design it was not just the numbers that impressed. Gulfstream continues to strive to provide the latest in passenger comfort, from in-flight connectivity and entertainment, large galley, to the 100 percent fresh air cabin air while providing a low cabin altitude. Passengers will not only remain productive in flight with the global connectivity, and the natural light from the 14 large windows and fresh cabin air will allow you to arrive to your destination refreshed.

Gulfstream Ultralong Range Aircraft Comparison:

G500G550G600G650G650ER
Range (8 pax plus crew w/ NBAA Reserves)5,200 nm6,750 nm6,500 nm7,000 nm7,500 nm
Max Cruise Speed (ktas)516488516516516
Long Range Cruise (ktas)488459488488488
Max Payload (lbs)5,2506,2006,0006,5006,500
Takeoff Distance (SL, ISA, MTOW)5,400 ft5,910 ft5,7005,8586,299
Service Ceiling (ft)51,00051,00051,00051,00051,000
*Engines x 2PW814GARR BR710 C4-11PW814GARR BR725 A1-12RR BR725 A1-12
AvionicsSymmetryPlaneViewSymmetryPlaneView IIPlaneView II
Passengers + Crewup to 19up to 19up to 19up to 19up to 19
Sleeps (Passengers)8891010
Internal Baggage175 cu ft170 cu ft175 cu ft195 cu ft195 cu ft
External BaggageN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Cabin Length (excluding baggage)41 ft 6 in43 ft 11 in45 ft 2 in46 ft 10 in46 ft 10 in
Cabin Width7 ft 11 in7 ft 4 in7 ft 11 in8 ft 6 in8 ft 6 in
Cabin Height6 ft 4 in6 ft 2 in6 ft 4 in6 ft 5 in6 ft 5 in
Aircraft Length91 ft 2 in96 ft 5 in96 ft 1 in99 ft 9 in99 ft 9 in
Wingspan86 ft 4 in93 ft 6 in94 ft 2 in99 ft 7 in99 ft 7 in

*RR Rolls-Royce

*PW Pratt and Whitney