Inside Gulfstream's new $55 million private jets

By David Flynn, October 16 2014
Inside Gulfstream's new $55 million private jets

Gulfstream's new G500 and G600 private jets let you say goodbye to inconvenient schedules, boarding queues and having to put up with other passengers.

You'll also be bidding farewell to around $55 million dollars, depending on which plane takes your fancy.

The two superjets have extra-wide cabins with more room than their predecessors, while also flying faster yet guzzling less fuel. There's also 100% fresh air piped in from the outside, rather than using recirculated air.

Both the Gulfstream G500 and G600 carry up to 19 passengers.

The luxe cabins are divided into several separate living areas, with forward and aft lavatories and an optional crew rest area for those long flights.

The G500 can fly non-stop for almost nine hours – enough to comfortably whisk you from Sydney to Hong Kong – while the G600's 12+ hour range will make a meal of the flight from Melbourne to Beijing or Tokyo.

The effective cabin altitude of a low 4,850 feet will help keep jetlag at bay, even if you decide to tuck into the mini-bar.

Your pilots are in for a treat, too, with a high-tech flight deck boasting touchscreen controllers.

The Gulfstream G500 will carry a $49 million sticker, with test flights from 2015 and deliveries from 2018. Its G600 sibling goes for $61.5 million and is expected to find its way into VIP fleets from 2019.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Now I'm feeling so fly like a G6

12 Jun 2013

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Pah, I'd rather pick up a cheap second hand A340 and spend the difference on fuel.

Then I will paint "Hey bitches check out my private jet" on the bottom and fly low over poor people's houses.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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I know the pilots are already being spoiled with touchscreen controls, but I would spend the extra money and install seats in the cockpit.

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