Gulfstream G600 vs Dassault Falcon 8X

How do the Gulfstream G600 and Dassault Falcon 8X compare side-by-side? What are the advantages offered by each model? Mike Chase analyses the performance and productivity parameters.

Mike Chase  |  01st July 2021
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Over the following paragraphs we’ll consider key productivity parameters for the Gulfstream G600 and Dassault Falcon 8X (including payload, range, speed, and cabin size) to establish which aircraft provides the better value towards the top end of the Large Jet market.

Do speed and range drive a decision to buy a jet, or are lower operating costs (variable cost per hour and cost per mile) more desirable? It is hoped that the following jet comparison will help clarify.

Gulfstream G600

The Gulfstream G600 is a new business jet on the market, having entered service in 2019 when it replaced the Gulfstream G550. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW815GA engines, each producing 15,680 pounds of thrust (lbst), the G600 can reach a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet. It needs 5,900 feet to take-off when fully loaded, but can stop in 2,550 feet.

Alongside the Gulfstream G650ER, G650 and the all-new Gulfstream G500, the G600 shares a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925.

The advanced ventilation system installed in the cabin of the G600 by Gulfstream is capable of replacing the air with 100% fresh air in just two minutes, helping reduce the effects of jet lag.

Meanwhile, in the cockpit the jet is equipped with the ‘fly-by-wire’ flight system that provides calibrated flight controls, autothrottles and autobrakes to ensure peak engine performance and smoother, safer landings. The EVS is linked to a head-up display that projects the EVS view onto a transparent screen in the pilot’s forward field of vision.

As of this writing, there were 39 Gulfstream G600 business jets wholly-owned, and one in shared ownership, giving a total of 40 jets in operation worldwide. The majority of the fleet was based in the United States.

Gulfstream G600 private jet in flight
How much do the jets cost?
Gulfstream G600
$58.5 m
Dassault Falcon 8X
$60.0 m
What is the payload?
Gulfstream G600
5,970 lbs
Dassault Falcon 8X
4,900 lbs
How many Passengers
Gulfstream G600
16
Dassault Falcon 8X
14
What is the range?
Gulfstream G600
6,518 nm
Dassault Falcon 8X
6,450 nm
What's the long range cruising speed
Gulfstream G600
488 knots
Dassault Falcon 8X
459 knots
What's the cost per hour
Gulfstream G600
US$4,775
Dassault Falcon 8X
US$3,806

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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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