While being available for sale after entering into the market in 2003. The Gulfstream ultra long-range G550 (GV-SP) is known for its award-winning technology and it’s versatile, large cabin. Since the release of the G4 in 1995, the G550 business jet was Gulfstream’s flagship model until around the G650 started deliveries in 2012. While receiving its FAA type certificate in 2003, Gulfstream also earned the Robert J. Collier trophy. Which is an annual Aviation award that is administered by the US National Aeronautic Association.
Over 550 have been produced including the G500 which has a reduced range and lower fuel capacity. Since replacing the G4, it has improved aerodynamics, faster speed, longer range and more.
Powered by two high thrust Rolls-Royce BR710 engines (15,385 pounds-force), this jet has a maximum top-speed cruise of Mach 0.885 (Mmo). It seats up to 19 passengers (sleeps up to 8) and has a maximum flight range of 6,750 nautical miles (12,501 km) when carrying 8 passengers at long-range cruise of of Mach 0.8. This jet also provides 5,910 ft (1,801 m) of takeoff distance and 2,770 ft (844 m) of landing distance. The G550 can perform nonstop flights from New York to Dubai at Mach 0.80 or London to Tokyo at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.85.
The G550 also comes with 41,000 ft of initial cruise altitude, along with a maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 ft. It also has a max takeoff weight (MTOW) of 91,000 lbs and a maximum landing weight (MLW) of 75,300 lbs.
With up to four different living areas. For example; conference area, private stateroom, dedicated crew rest area and entertainment space. This aircraft can be customized with quite a few options. You can choose from forward or aft galley configurations, a meeting/dining room, stand up shower and more. The cabin also measures 6’2″ ft in height, 7’4″ ft in width and 50’1″ ft in total length (including baggage).
The PlaneView avionics flight deck is a reputable leader in safety and included with the G550. It features Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, cursor control devices, standard head-up guidance system (HUD) and the enhanced vision system (EVS). The PlaneView cockpit and infared camera provide a view in front of the camera on an elevated display. This essentially allows the jet to land in lower visibility conditions than another jet without the enhanced vision system.
- On June 30th 2021, Gulfstream delivered its final commercial G550 aircraft to an international customer. This signifies the end of its production run. As the manufacturer prepares to have its newer variants enter service over the next few years.
*These are general specifications of the above mentioned aircraft. Please see each listing for details on their individual specifications, layout and performance.