Gulfstream has seven aircraft in its portfolio. While some have not yet entered service, others have already made thousands of miles flying people around the world.
I checked out some of Gulfstream’s experimental aircraft while on display at the European Business and Aviation Exhibition and Conference in Geneva.
The G280 is Gulfstream’s smallest and least expensive fleet, priced at $24.5 million.
In the main cabin of the model I climbed in, there were ten leather seats with additional tables, charging sockets and cup holders. Cabins are customizable and, according to Gulfstream, can be reconfigured as desired.
With two living areas, the plane can accommodate up to ten people and accommodate up to five people.
The plane has an external camera and, according to one of the pilots on board, has “sharp approach” capabilities.
This means the plane can take off from airports such as London City Airport, which is surrounded by buildings, and quickly climb to its cruising altitude of 41,000 feet.
The aircraft can travel up to 3,600 nautical miles. According to one Gulfstream pilot, it has “a ton of horsepower” for its size. “It’s like driving a small sports car,” the pilot added.
More than 200 Gulfstream G280s are in service. This model is often used by charter airlines, but a large percentage of the smaller aircraft currently in service are also owned by individuals and families, according to Gulfstream.
Inside, the Gulfstream G600 is larger, faster, and more spacious.
The cabin is modeled after the G280 I I’ve been on but can accommodate up to 13 people. Large windows in the cabin area let in plenty of natural light.
The cabin space also has an additional living space with a pull-out sofa. It can accommodate up to six people.
Similar to the G280, the G600 is used by corporate customers who purchase aircraft for their fleet and individuals. According to one pilot, Gulfstream has seen “huge demand” from charter companies for this model in recent years.
The plane had a long kitchen full of cupboards for dishes…
…and a coffee machine.
According to Gulfstream, the plane can travel up to 6,600 nautical miles and connect cities such as New York and Dubai as well as London and Beijing without stopping.
The G650ER felt more spacious but could accommodate the same number of passengers in the same number of living spaces as the G600.
The configuration of the G650ER I came up with was a little different, with a large foldable screen in one of the living areas.
The model also provided space for the foldable divan, plush chairs and entertainment screens scattered throughout the aircraft.
Like other models, the G650ER had a long kitchen with sink and storage space.
The G650ER is one of the two models that make up Gulfstream’s G650 family, the other being the G650. According to a Gulfstream pilot, the only difference between the two models is the fuel capacity.
A Gulfstream pilot told Insider that the Gulfstream G650ER can travel about two hours longer than the G650 and fly about 15 hours nonstop.
The last model I saw was the Gulfstream G700. This model was the largest and most expensive of the Gulfstream aircraft on offer, priced at US$78 million. The model is still in test mode, so the plane I boarded was the only G700 in the current Gulfstream fleet with the fitted cabin.
The cabin is longer than that of other Gulfstream jets, with an additional three meters and one inch of living space. The aircraft has four living spaces that can accommodate up to 19 people and 13 sleeping places.
The plane also has its own room with a fold-out sofa and an extra pair of seats.
The G700’s seats can be folded into beds, but the cabin is spacious enough for a customer to install a full-size bed.
The G700 could also take a shower, but the model I visited didn’t have one on board.
The aircraft also features an infotainment screen in the main cabin and cabin controls on each seat to control features such as cabin lights and blinds.
The G700 also features a longer galley than previous aircraft, where galley facilities can be found.
The G700 can travel up to 7,500 nautical miles and carry passengers on flights of up to 14 or 15 hours.