This is the private jet everyone’s talking about. Gulfstream’s G650 long range jet has a waiting list of three years, even for those able to pay the asking price of $65 million. But private jet booking service PrivateFly.com can help impatient buyers to ‘try before they buy’ instead, with the aircraft now available to charter in Europe for the first time.
Only around forty G650s – the world’s fastest and longest-range business jet – have been delivered since its launch last year. Another 160+ buyers are waiting in line, some of whom will need to wait years before stepping onboard. However with a G650 now available to hire in Europe, PrivateFly says interested parties can fly this summer – if they charter rather than buy.
Last month the aircraft broke the city pair speed record for New York to Mumbai, making the 6,754 nm trip in 13 hours and 49 minutes. It combines optimal speed and range, flying 7,000 nm nonstop at speeds of up to Mach 0.925. The high-tech luxury interior includes a full bar and kitchen and accommodates up to 18 passengers.
The aircraft will attract a premium in the charter market at first, according to PrivateFly. It gives a charter price of EUR 120,000 for London to Dubai, on a two-day return flight. This compares to a cost of around EUR 87,000 for other aircraft in the same category, such as Gulfstream’s predecessor the G550, or rival manufacturer Bombardier’s Global Express.