This month, the first Gulfstream G500 was delivered to its owner. And, neatly fulfilling expectations, the $43.5 million delivery was carried out about four years after the official introduction of the state-of-the-art business jet: exactly when the company originally promised delivery, despite problems with a primary component supplier.
The G500 is Gulfstream Aerospace’s replacement for the outgoing G450. It is more fuel efficient, achieving a slightly faster cruising speed and greater range with the 450’s burn rate. It can cover up to 5,984 miles in a single trip, giving it the ability to fly from the U.S. to Europe without stopping. Its top cruising speed is 560 mph.
Inside, the Gulfstream boasts larger windows, new seating, and a galley at the front or rear. Spacious, with room for 19 passengers, the beautiful jet is 6-foot, 4-inches tall, so most of those passengers will enjoy added headroom. A new system replenishes air every two minutes, eliminating the stuffiness and ‘canned air’ experience of commercial flights.
Gulfstream is expected to begin deliveries of its G600 business jet next year.