Both the Bombardier Global 5000 and Gulfstream G500 target the same market.
Both aircraft represent respectable range and performance figures.
However, the Global 5000 is starting to show its age when compared with the newer Gulfstream.
When it comes to the performance of these two aircraft, it’s a close competition.
For reference, the Bombardier Global 5000 is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710-A2-20 engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 14,750 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the Global 5000 is 29,500 lbs.
On the other hand, the Gulfstream G500 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 15,144 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the G500 is 30,288 lbs.
Consequently, the extra thrust of the G500 – among other factors – allows it to cruise at up to 516 knots. In comparison, the Global 5000 tops out at 499 knots.
Of course, this difference in speed seems relatively marginal. However, over the course of 1,000 nautical miles, the G500 will save you just under four minutes.
Now, let’s imagine that you are flying non-stop from London to Los Angeles – a distance of just under 5,000 nautical miles. The G500 will complete this mission 20 minutes faster than the Global 5000.
On a one-off journey, this isn’t terribly significant. However, what if you made this flight once a month? Or even twice a month? Then, all of a sudden, that 20 minutes starts to add up to many hours saved over the course of a year.
Moreover, the Gulfstream G500 powers ahead when it comes to the average fuel burn per hour. On average, the G500 burns just 353 Gallons per Hour (GPH). In comparison, the Bombardier Global 5000 burns an average of 450 Gallons per Hour (GPH).
This time the difference between these two aircraft isn’t even marginal. A difference of 100 Gallons per Hour is significant and will have a significant cost impact.
When it comes to the maximum range of these two aircraft, they are remarkably similar.
The Global 5000 is capable of flying up to 5,200 nautical miles (5,984 miles / 9,630 km) without needing to refuel. In comparison, the G500 is capable of flying up to 5,300 nautical miles (6,099 miles / 9,816 km) without needing to refuel.
Of course, as with every manufacturer stated range figures, these numbers are somewhat optimistic. Visualize these range figures using our private jet range tool here.
Ground performance is another important factor when comparing two aircraft as lower figures will increase the aircraft’s operational range.
No two airports are the same, and certainly, not all airports are created equal.
Therefore, if an aircraft can land and, crucially, take-off in a short distance, they will be able to reach more airports. The more airports a jet can reach, the shorter your journey time will be as you can arrive and depart closer to your final destination.
When comparing the ground performance of the Global 5000 and G500, the difference is marginal.
For reference, the Bombardier Global 5000 has a minimum take-off distance of 5,540 feet.
In comparison, the Gulfstream G500 has a minimum take-off distance of 5,300 feet.
When it comes to landing distance, the Global 5000 is slightly ahead of the G500, with a minimum landing distance of 2,207 feet.
Whereas the minimum landing distance of the G500 is 3,100 feet.
Surprisingly, a notable difference between the Global 5000 and G500 is the interior length.
When it comes to interior length, the Global 5000’s cabin measures 12.41 meters long. In comparison, the G500’s cabin measures 14.5 meters in length.
Next up is interior width. The Global 5000’s cabin measures 2.41 meters in width. In comparison, the G500’s cabin measures 2.31 meters wide.
Finally, cabin height. The Global 5000’s cabin measures 1.88 meters in height. Similarly, the G500 measures 1.88 in interior height.
Officially, the Global 5000 is capable of carrying up to 16. In contrast, the G500 has an official maximum passenger occupancy of 19.
And finally, baggage capacity. The Global 5000 can accommodate 195 cubic feet of luggage, while the G500 has space for up to 175 cubic feet of baggage.
When looking at these figures, each aircraft has its positives.
For example, the longer cabin of the G500 results in it being able to accommodate more passengers.
However, the wider cabin of the Global 5000 will result in more shoulder room and a slightly wider aisle. This will make moving around the cabin that little bit easier.
Then, when looking at baggage capacity, each passenger will be able to take more luggage when flying on the Global 5000.
When comparing the interior of aircraft it is always important to consider the year that deliveries first began.
Deliveries of the Global 5000 began in 2005, compared with deliveries of the G500 starting in 2018. Therefore, you can expect the G500 to be designed in a more modern and technologically advanced way.
For example, take the cabin altitude of each aircraft.
The maximum cabin altitude of the Global 5000 is just 5,680 feet compared with a maximum cabin altitude of 4,850 feet for the G500.
The benefit of a lower maximum cabin altitude is a reduced affect of jet lag and a more pleasant cabin environment.
Bombardier Global 5000
The Bombardier Global 5000 is designed in the classic Global aircraft style. That is to say, quiet, tasteful, and comfortable. Firstly, the advanced wing design of the aircraft provides passengers with a restful and smooth flight. Additionally, the aircraft features the widest cabin in its class, resulting in more room than its closest competitor. Therefore, passengers can expect maximum comfort and an exceptional cabin experience.
Entering the cabin reveals a large, reimagined cabin interior. Seats have been sculpted to welcome the human body and the elegant lines of the cabin come together to create an aesthetic masterpiece.
The all-new seats boast outstanding width, higher armrests, and an impeccably shaped backrest. Passengers, therefore, are able to enjoy a delightful and inviting experience. That makes the aircraft ideally suited to long-distance travel. Ultimately, whether you are looking to work, rest or play, the Global 5000 provides the perfect environment to sit back and relax.
The Global 5000 is able to keep you always connected. No matter where you are. Bombardier has given the Global 5000 the fastest available in-flight internet connectivity technology. Therefore you will be able to keep up with work and join video conferences. If that’s not your style, the WiFi is even strong enough to online game. Depending on your requirements you are able to select from multiple data packages, allowing you to choose the right speed for you.
Bombardier claims that the cabin management system on the Global 5000 is “the most comprehensive … system”. They claim it is ultra-fast, reliable, intuitive, and hosting a large media bay. This system enables passengers to wirelessly watch movies and display documents on the large high definition TV monitors around the cabin. Passengers are able to control the entire cabin from their personal devices (iOS and Android).
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a maximum cabin altitude of just 5,680 feet and a cabin noise level of 52 decibels. This makes the Global 5000 the perfect environment to forget you are flying. The layout of the aircraft provides space for a private stateroom at the rear of the cabin. This adds a sense of tranquility, featuring large windows and a full-berthing divan, a spacious wardrobe, independent temperature control, and a lavatory. Consequently, you can be sure you will arrive at your destination feeling well-rested and ready to seize the day.
Conversely, at the front of the cabin, you will find the fully-equipped galley. Substantial storage and extensive work surfaces elevate your comfort thanks to the galley’s greater meal preparation capabilities. The galley is set between the cockpit and main cabin area in order to increase passenger privacy.
Finally, Bombardier has made the luggage compartment accessible during the flight. This means that you are always able to access your belongings whenever you require them.
Bombardier Global 5000
As with every Gulfstream, the G500 is wonderfully appointed. All the features you would expect on a long-range business aircraft are provided.
To begin with, the G500 has a tall and wide cabin which provides customers with greater design flexibility. For example, customers are presented with the option for a forward galley, rear gallery and a rear stateroom.
The tall and wide cabin provides lots of space for strolling down the wide aisle. All-new seats have been designed for maximum comfort.
100% fresh air, a maximum cabin altitude of 4,850 feet, and a cabin noise level of 50 decibels provide a peaceful environment. This environment is lit by 14 signature Gulfstream oval windows. Combined, these windows provide an abundance of natural light and sweeping views of the world below. Adding these factors together ensures that you arrive at your destination refreshed and with minimal jet lag.
Gulfstream’s Cabin Management System allows passengers to control lighting, temperature, and media right from their seats. The seats are able to be converted to lie-flat beds. Therefore, the G500 is a great space to work, dine and relax.
When it comes to chartering these aircraft, the price is identical.
However, please note that there are many factors that influence the price of a private jet charter. Therefore, prices will vary depending on the mission.
The estimated hourly charter price of the Global 5000 is $7,350.
In comparison, the estimated hourly charter price of the G500 is $7,350.
Please do keep in mind that these prices are estimates only. There are a variety of factors that can and will influence the charter price of a private jet.
And finally, how much does each aircraft cost to buy?
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a new list price of $50 million. In comparison, the Gulfstream G500 has a new list price of $45 million.
However, the purchase price of these aircraft starts to get really interesting when looking at their pre-owned value.
According to Aircraft Bluebook, a three-year-old Global 5000 will set you back $30 million. Therefore, the Global 5000 will see a 60% retention of value over the same time period.
In comparison, a three-year-old G500 is estimated to cost $40 million. This, therefore, results in the G500 will see an 89% retention of value over the same time period.
For the Gulfstream G500 this represents an unprecedented retention in value.
Unfortunately for the Global 5000 it really is starting to show its age.
While there are some benefits of the Global 5000 over the G500, such as a slightly wider cabin.
However, in almost every other measure, the G500 either matches or exceeds the abiltity of the Global 5000.
And then, on top of this, factor in a similar charter cost and better value retention of the G500, and the result is clear.
The Gulfstream G500 represents a better value proposition than the Global 5000.