Gulfstream G550 – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

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Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Gulfstream G550
AIRCRAFT NAME
G550
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Gulfstream
RANGE
6583 nm
SPEED
488 kts
PASSENGERS
18 people
ACQUISITION COST
$54500000
ENGINES
Rolls Royce BR 710-A2-12 2
AVIONICS
Gulfstream Plane View
APU
Standard
WINGSPAN
93.5 ft
IFR CERTIFIED
Yes

Aircraft History

The G550 is a Gulfstream V with some significant improvements. It was unofficially known as the G VSP, prior to its baptism as the G550.
 
In 1997, Gulfstream introduced a new era in the history of business aviation with the Gulfstream V, the world's first ultra-long-range business jet. The Gulfstream 550 was introduced In 2002, as part of Gulfstream’s product line transformation.
 
The G550 is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines and is able to travel non-stop for 6,750 nautical miles with speeds up to Mach 0.885. The cabin is a G IV cabin that has been stretched 5 feet to make room for a crew rest area. The avionics suite is Honeywell’s PlaneView cockpit, an outgrowth of their Primus Epic architecture.
 
Both the G500 and G550 have improvements in aerodynamics leading to reduced fuel burns compared to the G V. The G550 gets the head-up display and enhanced vision system as standard, while it is an option for the G500. The G550 comes with a customizable cabin layout, has slightly different weights, greater range, and a higher base price (matching its higher level of standard features) compared to the G500.
 
The G550 has been in production since 2003.