- speed is very important for private jets
- there is more than one private jet close to the speed of sound
- apart from small private jets, they are almost all faster than line jets
- here are 12 very fast private jets
Here are the fastest private jets in the world
- Cessna Citation X +: 1144.44 km / h
- Gulfstream G700, G650ER, G600 und G500, Bombardier Global 8000 and Global 7500: 1132.2 km / h
- Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X and Falcon 8X: 1101.6 km / h
- Bombardier: Die Global 5000 and the Global 6000: 1089.36 km / h
- Gulfstream G550: 1083.24 km / h
- Piaggio P.180 Avanti Evo Turboprop: 750 km / h – I included it because it is the fastest turboprop in the world
For commercial passenger aircraft performance data, the focus is on information such as range, maximum take-off weight and number of seats. Speed records are of little interest if it is not the legendary Concorde supersonic aircraft or its potential successor. The situation is different with business jets.
It is true that private jets usually travel at usual cruising speed (typical cruising speed) or, if urgent, sometimes faster (high speed cruising). But the exclusive industry also likes to take a look at the top speed of an airplane rarely achieved in everyday life.
They’re getting closer to the speed of sound
Manufacturers usually give this maximum value as a Mach number. It is not actually a question of speed, but the relationship between the speed of the plane and the speed of sound. When a jet flies at Mach 1, it is as fast as sound. However, when the speed of sound is reached, it depends on many factors, such as humidity and altitude.
So when business aircraft manufacturers talk about maximum mach on operation, it means that the aircraft cannot fly faster than a certain approximation of the speed of sound. For example, on the Embraer Lineage 1000E, the maximum mach is 0.82. How much that is in kilometers per hour depends on the framework data.
So what are the fastest business jets based on their proximity to the speed of sound? You can see it in the image gallery above.
- Fastest Business Jets in the World: 5th place went to the Gulfstream G550 with a maximum operating mach of 0.885. A value of 1 would have reached the speed of sound.
- Fourth place is shared by two Bombardier models: the Global 5000 and the Global 6000 have a maximum mach of 0.89.
- In third position, with a maximum mach of 0.90, are the Falcon 7X and the Falcon 8X from Dassault Aviation. The manufacturer also gives this value for the Falcon 6X, which is still under construction. Bombardier Global 5500 and Global 6500 join them.
- Second place is shared by six jets: Gulfstream G700, G650ER, G600 and G500 (pictured) as well as Bombardier Global 8000 and Global 7500. All of them hit a 0.925.
- Textron Aviation is not in the top 5 with any of the jets currently in production. Nevertheless, the American aircraft manufacturer occupies the first place. The Cessna Citation XLS +, built until 2018, is still the fastest business jet in the world. With a maximum mach of 0.935, it comes closer to the speed of sound than any of its competition.
- Piaggio P.180 Avanti Evo: 750 km / h – 462 mph – I wanted to insert a Turboprop here in 6th place, because it is the fastest in the world. Powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada turboprop engines creating a combined output of 1,700 horsepower, the Avanti Evo has a top speed of 402 knots (462 mph), officially making it the fastest civilian turboprop in production.