The large-cabin ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER ($69.4 million) is no longer in a class of its own, not since the Dassault Falcon 8X entered service in October. Dassault notes that the 8X’s operating costs are lower than those of comparable jets and that it is very agile for its size—enabling it to operate from airports other large jets can’t access. However, its cabin is not as spacious as the G650ER’s, and its range is not as great. ¶ The Gulfstream flagship can fly 8,630 miles nonstop when carrying eight passengers and traveling at its cruising speed of 561 mph. It can travel from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and it’s fast enough to reach Teterboro, N.J., from Hong Kong in just over 14 hours. “It provides the longest-range capability of any business jet, and it regularly sets city-pair speed records,” says Robb Report Private Aviation Advisory Board member Lee Rohde, the founder, president, and CEO of Essex Aviation Group in New Hampshire.
The G650ER can cruise high above commercial air traffic at 51,000 feet, and while it’s flying at 45,000 feet, the air pressure in the cabin feels like the altitude is only 4,000 feet. The cabin’s nearly 47 feet of passenger space is the longest of any business jet. In a typical configuration, the cabin can seat 18 passengers and sleep 10. In addition to being long, the cabin is tall (6 feet 5 inches) and wide (8 feet 6 inches). It has lavatories forward and aft and can be configured to include a private office or a bedroom.