• Passengers 14

The revolutionary Gulfstream IV (or G-IV or GIV) set the benchmark for all future Gulfstream aircraft. Spacious, reliable and fast, the private jet remains one of the most popular private jets to charter in the heavy jet class. The upgraded GIV-SP continued the aircraft’s success while improving its payload and range performance.

About this aircraft

  • Gulfstream began delivering the GIV in 1987 and replaced it with the GIV-SP in 1992. Both remain very popular private jets to charter.
  • With a range of 4,584 miles, the Gulfstream IV is capable of making transatlantic journeys, with a maximum cruise speed of 509 miles per hour.
  • There are a variety of configurations available on the Gulfstream IV. It can accommodate up to 19 passengers, however most are configured to seat a maximum of 14.
  • The internally-accessible baggage compartment can hold 19 suitcases, enough for at least one suitcase per person.
  • Hundreds of GIV’s were produced until 1992 when Gulfstream began delivering the upgraded GIV-SP, which was later redesignated the G400.

Despite its age, the Gulfstream IV provides a luxurious and flexible option for business and large parties needing to fly long distances in quick time. It was so successful and popular with the aviation industry that it not only inspired the designs of the G300 and the G400, but other aircraft in Gulfstream’s production including the G350 and G450.

Interior design

Customers who ordered the Gulfstream IV jet were able to completely customise the interiors, so there’s a variety of different configurations that feature four-seater conference areas, berthing divans and four-seater dining spaces. However, most of the jets have seating for up to 14 passengers, although the cabin can accommodate 19.

The Gulfstream IV has a large baggage compartment for its class at 169 cubic feet and the space is easily accessible from the main cabin. A lavatory is usually located at the back of the jet, although many GIVs also include a separate crew lavatory at the front. There is space for a full-service galley with a microwave, two coffeemakers and a fridge to prepare refreshments, which may be situated at the front or the rear of the aircraft depending on the configuration.

Below is a typical configuration found on a Gulfstream IV.

Interesting facts to know before you fly

  • The signature cabin windows on a Gulfstream aircraft are particularly large. This, along with their sleek oval shape, allows an abundance of natural light to enter the cabin during the flight. They’re also positioned so you can see the world below from the comfort of your seat.
  • At 6.2 feet high, the cabin is tall enough for most people to walk around inside without having to crouch.
  • The Gulfstream IV was the first jet to use winglets as standard equipment and is the perfect size for operating in and out of small airports.
  • A shorter range variant was created based on the GIV and given the G300 designation in 2002.

Technological features

The cornerstone of the Gulfstream IV’s performance comes from two Rolls Royce TAY 611-8 turbofan engines as well as light wings for a longer range and cruising speed.

Inside, the jet was the first in civil aviation to have an all-glass cockpit and digital flight management computers. In addition, the GIV boasts Honeywell SPZ-8000 avionics and modern satellite communications systems.


The Gulfstream IV followed on from the GIII, making its first flight on September 19th 1985. The jet was fully introduced to the market in 1987 and impressed the aviation industry with its advanced cockpit technology and intercontinental flight range.

In 1992, Gulfstream introduced an upgraded version of the jet, the Gulfstream GIV-SP, which was later redesignated the G400. A shorter range variant of the GIV was also produced and given the G300 designation in 2002. Prior to this, in 2001, Gulfstream had begun work on an improved version of the GIV-SP – the G450 (originally designated GIV-X). The G350 is a shorter range version of the G450 which received certification in 2004.

Since 1987, Gulfstream has been producing and delivering several variants for military purposes, including the C-20F, C-20G, C-20H and the C-20J. Indeed, many Gulfstream jets are employed for military and government aviation needs around the world, from Chile to India and Sweden.


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation is an American aircraft company based in Savannah, Georgia and a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The company that evolved into Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation started in the late 1950s when Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co., known for military aircraft production, developed a twin-turboprop business aircraft at its facilities in Bethpage, New York, called the Grumman Gulfstream I (G-I). Gulfstream now designs, develops, manufactures, markets and services the latest business jet aircraft and has produced more than 2,000 since 1958.


During its production years, the cost of a new Gulfstream IV was $26 million (USD). The price for a second-hand GIV jet today is, on average, $2.8 million according to Business Jet Traveler.

Charter rates

Charter rates for the Gulfstream IV can vary greatly depending on the length of the journey you have planned, as well as the airports you decide to fly into and out of.

If you would like to book a private charter flight on the Gulfstream IV, then why not contact our team? For information on other private jets available for charter, browse our list of available private aircraft.

Wet lease rates

ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) wet lease rates for the Gulfstream IV can vary depending on the age of the aircraft, length of the lease term, the number of block hours being guaranteed and the average cycle ratio. Contact our team for more information.


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Key details

  • Aircraft type Heavy Jets
  • Passengers 14
  • Cruise speed 819 KM/H / 509 MPH
  • Range 7378 KM / 4584 Miles


  • Luggage space 4.8m³ - 169ft³
  • Enclosed lavatory Yes
  • Flight attendant Yes
  • Pressurised cabin Yes

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