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Gulfstream dashes G150 from lineupGulfstream dashes G150 from lineup

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Sept. 28 that it sold the last G150, ending a 10-year production run for the model that replaced the G100. Today a fleet of almost 120 G150s crisscross the sky for operators in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia, the company said. 

Gulfstream Aerospace announced the end of the line for its G150 mid-size business jet. Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace.

When the Savannah, Georgia-based company introduced the G150 to the mid-size business jet market in 2006, it was hailed as a cost-effective speed demon with long legs that helped propel the aircraft to the head of its class.

However, when Gulfstream’s eight-seat, 482-mph G280 slipped into the long-range mid-cabin market in 2012, it brought a whopping 13,500-pound maximum takeoff weight advantage and bested the seven-seat, 470-mph G150’s four-passenger 3,018-nautical-mile range by nearly 400 miles.

A 2015 analysis for hourly operating costs of 45 business jets performed by David Wyndham of Conklin & de Decker found that the G150’s rate of $2,380.09 compared favorably within the medium-jet marketplace. The G150 clocked in at $500 per hour lower than a Cessna Citation Latitude and about $130 higher than Bombardier’s Learjet 70 and 75 models.

The company’s president, Mark Burns, had high praise for the G150: “The G150 has had a distinguished history, spanning more than a decade.” Burns also noted that the G150 “remains an important part of our business.”

The aircraft has a “dispatch reliability rate of 99.83 percent and is certified in more than 45 countries,” according to the manufacturer. Burns said that parts and support for the aircraft would be unchanged.

A 2015 Business & Commercial Aviation article complimented the G150 as “one of the fastest and most cost-effective mid-light business aircraft” with an ability to “fly four passengers 2,988 nm at its long-range cruise speed.” That range covered most nonstop coast-to-coast U.S. destinations and was a good fit for the aircraft’s intended mission.

The publication said the G150 was “very pleasant to hand fly” but cautioned owners about maintenance for starter-generators because of a heavy electrical load. The report noted a discrepancy between asking prices of $6 million to $8 million versus purchase offers of $4 million to $5 million for pre-owned models.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Aviation Industry, Jet

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