Gulfstream G550 vs Bombardier Global 6000 vs Dassault Falcon 8X

What are the pros and cons of the Gulfstream G550 compared to Bombardier’s Global 6000 and Dassault’s Falcon 8X Ultra-Long-Range aircraft? Find out more in the following Jet Comparison…

Mike Chase  |  01st June 2020
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    Over the following paragraphs, we’ll consider productivity parameters (payload, range, speed and cabin size) and cover the current and future market values of the Gulfstream G550Bombardier Global 6000 and Dassault Falcon 8X for sale

    These aircraft are popular members of the Ultra-Long-Range & Large Cabin business jet segment, which comprises more than 2,000 aircraft in operation today.

    Gulfstream G550

    The Gulfstream G550 traces its roots to the Gulfstream GV – the first Ultra- Long-Range & Large Cabin business jet produced, which started delivering in 1995. Most notable about the GV was its 6,500nm range that allowed non-stop flight between New York and Tokyo. Two new aircraft followed the GV, one of which was the Gulfstream G550 in 2003.

    The G550 relinquished its title as the top-end of Gulfstream’s in-service product line when G650 deliveries began. Nevertheless, the G550 has proved to be an exceptionally popular jet. At the end of 2019, the company announced delivery of the 600th G550, and at the time of writing there were 576 wholly-owned units in operation worldwide. Including those in shared and fractional ownership the total Gulfstream G550 fleet numbers 590.

    By continent, North America is home to the largest fleet percentage (65%), followed by Asia (19%) and Europe (11%), accounting for a combined 95% of the fleet.

    Bombardier Global 6000

    The Bombardier Global 6000 derives from the Bombardier Global Express XRS, and started delivering to the market in 2012. One of the biggest differences between the Global XRS and the Global 6000 is the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite installed on the flight deck.

    At the time of writing there are 297 wholly-owned Global 6000s in operation worldwide. Including those in shared and fractional ownership, the total stands at 325. Europe is home to the largest Global 6000 fleet percentage, accounting for 38%, followed by North America (33%) and Asia (23%), giving a combined total of 94% of the world’s fleet, according to JETNET.

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    How much do the jets cost?
    Gulfstream G550
    $61.5m m
    Bombardier Global 6000
    $62.31m m
    Dassault Falcon 8X
    $59.3m m
    What is the payload?
    Gulfstream G550
    5,800 lbs
    Bombardier Global 6000
    5,770 lbs
    Dassault Falcon 8X
    4,200 lbs
    How many Passengers
    Gulfstream G550
    18
    Bombardier Global 6000
    13
    Dassault Falcon 8X
    12
    What is the range?
    Gulfstream G550
    6,708 nm
    Bombardier Global 6000
    6,124 nm
    Dassault Falcon 8X
    6,235 nm
    What's the long range cruising speed
    Gulfstream G550
    459 knots
    Bombardier Global 6000
    470 knots
    Dassault Falcon 8X
    459 knots
    What's the cost per hour
    Gulfstream G550
    US$3,863
    Bombardier Global 6000
    US$4,344
    Dassault Falcon 8X
    US$3,667

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    Mike Chase

    Mike Chase

    Editor, Aircraft Comparisons

    Michael Chase owns Chase & Associates, an aviation consulting firm specialized in industry product and market research in the Commercial & Business Aviation sectors.

    With over five decades of extensive experience, Michael has worked as a director of special projects for JETNET, LLC; served as Senior Management Consultant for Sabre Holding; and was Director of Market & Sales Research for Gulfstream Aerospace, leading sales and product research, including feasibility and viability studies.


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