Much like the original Game Boy or the 1950s Volkswagen Beetle, some of the most iconic products ever created eventually retire, paving the way for bigger and better versions. That time has come for one of the most iconic jets ever created: the Gulfstream G550. Production on this industry-leading jet will stop after a final order, set to be delivered in 2021. It’s the end of an era, and it’s worth looking back to see exactly why the Gulfstream G550 stayed at the top of its class for so long.
A bittersweet farewell to the G550
Gulfstream is looking toward a future that promises continuous innovation. In order to focus their attention on creating bigger and better aircraft, they’ve decided to officially end production of the G550 in 2021. But Gulfstream isn’t scrapping the model for good. Its most popular features are here to stay in the new lineup.
Since 2003, the Gulfstream G550 has broken records (55!) for top speeds and set the standard for subsequent generations. The plane’s developers received the 2003 Robert J. Collier Trophy for industry-leading innovations and the newest safety technology. The legacy of Gulfstream’s G550 lives on through newer models, which boast the best in range, safety, and innovation.
Best in the fleetindustry leader for innovation and reliability. Gulfstream’s 2003 model is best known for introducing the PlaneView flight deck. It allows for greater visibility and reduces the overall workload for pilots. This streamlined control center is one of Gulfstream’s most renowned safety features to date. The G550 has an Enhanced Flight Vision System for additional safety while landing.
The award-winning aircraft also has the best specs in Gulfstream’s fleet. Its Rolls-Royce engines carry passengers at a maximum range of 6,750 NM with the lowest possible amount of fuel. A high payload allows for up to 19 passengers with panoramic views in four different living spaces.
Descendants of the G550
The G550 kick started Gulfstream’s prestigious seat in the private aviation industry. Now, it’s time to give newer models the spotlight. The G550 was a pioneer in its time, and its legacy continues to serve passengers through Gulfstream’s G650ER and new generations of the G500 and G600.
Gulfstream currently has more than 600 G550’s in service and will continue providing assistance to their owners. Even though production is set to end in 2021, more than 30 service centers around the world will remain open for maintenance and to distribute G550 parts. And don’t worry, there are still plenty of serviceable G550’s around for those who can’t get enough of its industry-leading ingenuity!