The Bombardier Global 5000 and Gulfstream G550 are going head-to-head in this comparison.
Both are from the same era, both are trying to attract similar customers. However, there are some critical differences between these two.
First, let’s take a look at the performance of each aircraft.
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 G550 is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710 engines. Each engine is capable of producing up to 15,385 lbs of thrust. As a result, the total thrust output for the G550 is 30,770 lbs.
Despite having less thrust, the Global 5000 is able to achieve a higher maximum cruise speed.
For reference, the Global 5000 is able to cruise at up to 499 knots. In comparison, the G550 is unable to exceed 488 knots.
In the real world, this difference will likely go unnoticed. Firstly, aircraft don’t always cruise at their top speed. Weather conditions and range required often require an aircraft to fly below their maximum cruise speed.
Secondly, 11 knots is not that significant. For example, if each aircraft were to fly 1,000 nautical miles at their maximum cruise speed, the Global 5000 would complete the 1,000 nautical miles around 3 minutes quicker than the G550.
Moreover, the G550 is a more fuel-efficient aircraft. The estimated hourly fuel burn of the G550 comes in at 358 Gallons per Hour (GPH).
In comparison, the Global 5000 burns around 450 Gallons per Hour (GPH).
There is no world in which three minutes is worth this level of additional fuel burn. Moreover, if speed is the most important factor, then aircraft like the Cessna Citation X and Bombardier Global 7500 are far better options.
When it comes to range, the Gulfstream G550 is miles ahead of the Global 5000.
While the Bombardier Global 5000 can fly non-stop for up to 5,200 nautical miles (5,984 miles / 9,630 kms) without needing to refuel, the G550 can keep on going.
The Gulfstream G550 has a maximum range of 6,750 nautical miles (7,768 miles / 12,501 kms).
This, unlike the maximum cruise speed, is a significant difference. This is the difference that will allow the G550 to complete missions that the Global 5000 simply can’t.
Moreover, if you are looking to save time, not having a fuel stop is the best way to make a flight go quicker.
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.
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In terms of performance on the ground, the Global 5000 is slightly ahead.
The Bombardier Global 5000 has a minimum take-off distance of 5,540 feet.
In comparison, the Gulfstream G550 has a minimum take-off distance of 5,910 feet.
Is 400 feet going to make a difference? Most likely not. Of course, there are a variety of factors that will influence the take-off distance of an aircraft.
However, in terms of pure manufacturing figures, the Global 5000 will be able to operate out of more airports than the G550. This, in turn, results in a greater level of operational freedom.
When it comes to landing distance, the difference remains roughly the same.
The Global 5000 has a minimum landing distance of 2,207 feet. Whereas the minimum landing distance of the G550 is 2,770 feet.
One of the most notable differences between the Global 5000 and G550 is the interior length.
When it comes to interior length, the Global 5000’s cabin measures 12.41 meters long. In comparison, the G550’s measures 15.27 meters in length.
Next up is interior width. The Global 5000’s cabin measures 2.41 meters in width. In comparison, the G550’s cabin measures 2.13 meters wide.
Finally, cabin height. The Global 5000’s cabin measures 1.88 meters in height. In contrast, the G550 measures 1.83 in interior height.
Officially, the Global 5000 is capable of carrying up to 16. Whereas the G550 has an official maximum passenger occupancy of 19.
And finally, baggage capacity. The Global 5000 can accommodate 195 cubic feet of luggage. Meanwhile, the G550 has space for up to 170 cubic feet of baggage.
When comparing the interiors of these aircraft it is important to consider their age.
Deliveries of the Global 5000 began in 2005, compared with deliveries of the G550 starting in 2003.
This will, of course, have an impact on design and technology within the cabin.
However, straight away, an area where the Global 5000 excels over the G550 is cabin altitude.
The maximum cabin altitude of the Global 5000 is just 5,680 feet compared with a maximum cabin altitude of 6,000 feet for the G550.
A lower cabin altitude will result in a more pleasant cabin environment and reduce the effects of jet lag. Therefore, if you are planning on flying between continents and across multiple time zones, an aircraft with a low cabin altitude will have a significant impact.
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 are able to enjoy a delightful and inviting experience. Therefore making 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 Global 5000
One of the most notable features with all Gulfstream’s are the large, oval shaped windows. These windows are larger than the competition and the G550 features 14 Gulfstream Signature Oval Windows throughout the cabin, making the cabin feel even larger and help boost wellness through the abundance of natural light.
Despite the length of time that the G550 has been in service it still features all the modern technology that one would expect from a private jet.
All seats feature a personal audio/visual display and cabin settings are able to be controlled through a smartphone app, such as the window shades, the cabin temperature, video input, cabin audio and flight information. When configuring the aircraft everything is bespoke to the customer with a wide range of cabin configurations available (see below).
You can option forward or aft galley configurations, with or without a crew compartment and up to four living areas. If you want a rice cooker in the galley, this can be optioned. As standard the G550 features a wireless network, satellite communication, Iridium phone and a fax/printer.
The cabin altitude in the G550 never exceeds 6,000 feet, which is lower than most airliners and business jets. This cabin altitude, combined with the low cabin noise levels of 53 dB and 100% fresh cabin air, means that no matter what you are doing – working, relaxing, sleeping or dining – you will be operating at peak efficiency. These qualities will also help to minimise the effects of jet lag so that you feel more rested when you arrive at your destination.
When it comes to chartering these aircraft the Bombardier Global 5000 is less expensive than the Gulfstream G550. Although, the difference in price is not significant.
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 G550 is $7,650.
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 G550 has a new list price of $62 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 G550 is estimated to cost $35 million. This, therefore, results in the G550 will see a 56% retention of value over the same time period.
So, which aircraft is better?
If you are looking to buy one of these aircraft it is hard to ignore the Bombardier Global 5000.
It is hard to see where the extra $12 million goes with the Gulfstream. Sure, it is somewhat longer and can fly further.
However, in terms of interior comfort, performance, and, crucially, value retention, the Global 5000 is a sensible choice.