Gulftstream Aerospace Corporation announced on June 17th 2020 it had sold its last commercially available G550. After its 2003 service entry, the G550 program has delivered more than 600 units and will shut down when the last airframe is delivered to a customer in 2021.
Introduced as a high speed (Mach 0.90) and wider cabin business jet capable of cruising at higher altitudes, the G550 is now supplanted by two of the company’s newer designs.
The Gulfstream G600
The Gulfstream G600 aircraft that has received EASA European Aviation Safety Agency type certificate approval on May 11th, 2020 is capable of flying at Mach 0.90 on distances of 5,500 nautical miles/10,186 kilometers
The G600 Symmetry Flight Deck™, which includes active control sidesticks, a first for business aviation, and 10 touchscreens provides evolutionary design and ergonomic improvements over the widely popular G550 PlaneView™ flight deck.
The Gulfstream G700
The G700 whose second and third test aircraft have entered flight testing features. The G700 is the longest, widest and tallest cabin ever of all prior Gulfstream designs. The aircraft provides 20 panoramic oval windows, compared to 14 for the G600.
The G700 which is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines can cruise at Mach 0.90 at a range of 6,400 nautical miles/11,853 kilometers or cruise at Mach 0.85 at a range of 7,500 nm/13,890 km. The G700 provides notoriously innovative flight control and pilot experience by introducing the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck™ which boasts the industry’s only electronically linked active control sidesticks.