Best of the Best 2012: Business Aircraft: Large: Gulfstream G450

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A descendant of the Savannah, Ga.–based manufacturer’s best-selling GIV line—which has more than 500 jets in operation—the Gulfstream G450 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com) has a 45-foot-long passenger cabin that seats 12 to 16, a range of about 5,000 miles, and a cruise speed of 528 mph. “For buyers whose typical missions are 1,000 miles or more, the G450 is a popular choice,” says Robb Report Private Aviation Advisory Board member Bill Quinn, managing director of Charleston Aviation Partners. “The advantages in cost and the extra-long and roomy cabin are hard to beat.” Last year Gulfstream began offering new interior options that include 27-inch-wide executive seats with telescoping headrests and heating and massage functions. Because Gulfstream owners are faithful to the brand and because the company has a dependable customer-support system worldwide, the $41.1 million G450 tends to retain a strong residual value.

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