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Fastest private jets in the world

The aviation industry has an exciting future. Not only is there a demand for pilots to service an ever-increasing demand for commercial flights and private jet charter, but passengers used to zipping airborne around the world are demanding the fastest aircraft to get them where they’re going in a hurry. Let’s take a look at the top 10 fastest private jets available today.

Honorable mention: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird in the sky.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird in the sky.

Though it may not be a private jet, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, reconnaissance aircraft used by the United States Air Force between 1964 and 1998. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high altitudes and speeds in order to outrace threats, reaching staggering speeds of 3.3 Mach – 2,200mph. Since 1976, the Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has prohibited civilian supersonic flight over the US since 1973 because when an aircraft travels faster than the speed of sound (about 768mph), it generates shock waves that become compressed into one super-loud sonic boom that can potentially damage the environment or civil infrastructure.

But this could change soon. With aircraft reaching top speeds of 900mph, the FAA is collaborating with other national aviation authorities, working within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) to develop international noise and emissions standards appropriate for the world's fastest future supersonic aircraft and the engines that power them.

Exciting times! So come along for the ride as we countdown to the world’s fastest private jet.

10. Cessna Citation CJ3+ (486mph)

Since its production debut in 2004, 500 of these luxury jets have been delivered to customers at a sticker price of up to $5.5 million. This plane can cruise at Mach 0.737 for more than 1,900 nautical miles with four passengers, burning 165 gallons of fuel every hour.

9. Gulfstream G550 (562mph)

A Gulfstream G6550 taking off.
A Gulfstream G6550 taking off.

The Gulfstream G550 is powered by two Rolls Royce engines that provide more thrust than any other jet in its class. Its Mach 0.885 speed means fast, no-fuss, city-to-city flights – giving passengers the pleasure of flying from London to Tokyo or Washington to Dubai without a single time-wasting stop-over. And the spacious G550 is a comfortable ride, sleeping as many as eight people and able to accommodate a total of 19. Reaching altitudes of more than 42,000 feet and with a range of 6,750 nautical miles, the Gulfstream G550 secures its place in our top 10 fastest private jets in the world.

8. Dassault Falcon 7X and 8X (594mph)

The Dassault Falcon 7X and the newer 8X can fly at Mach 0.90, bringing them close to the 600mph mark. The 8X’s 43-foot-long cabin can accommodate up to 14 passengers and fly without stopping for more than 7,400 miles. This impressively spacious plane is also agile enough to make the steep descents into and fast climbs out of some airports that are off-limits to other large jets. And the 8X is around 35% more fuel efficient than its competitors, thanks to wing design improvements and upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300.

7. Gulfstream G650 and G650ER (594mph and 610mph)

Gulfstream G650 on a runway.
Gulfstream G650 on a runway.

The ultra long-range G650 and even longer-range variant, the G650ER, can reach maximum speeds of Mach 0.925 with a non-stop range of 8,055 and 8,631 miles respectively. In practical terms, this means that a west-flying G650 can circumnavigate the globe in just 41 hours and seven minutes. In fact, these fast private planes have already set 22 city-pair speed records. They offer seating for 18 passengers and the 47-foot-long cabin can sleep as many as 10.

6. Gulfstream G500 and G600 (610mph)

The G500 and longer-range G600 have the same maximum operating speed as the G650 – Mach 0.925. The G500 can be flown more than 5,750 miles non-stop, while the G600 has a flight range of 7,130 miles. These private jets seat up to 19 passengers in a cabin that’s 8ft wide and 6ft 4in tall. The G500’s cabin is 41ft 6in long and the G600’s just over 45ft long.

5. Bombardier Global 7500 and 8000 (610mph)

According to Bombardier, the Global 7000 flew faster than 650mph during testing – the largest business jet to reach this speed, securing its place as one of the fastest private jets in the world. Expected to go to market in late 2018, this luxury private plane has a maximum operating speed of 610mph – Mach 0.925 – and an impressive range of 8,861 miles. Its cabin of more than 54ft recently won a Red Dot Design Award.

4. Cessna Citation X+ (634mph)

Cessna Citation X+ in the sky.
Cessna Citation X+ in the sky.

The Cessna Citation X+ is Cessna’s direct response to customers who wanted a faster Citation model – and they certainly delivered. This impressive aircraft has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.935. The reason this is one of the fastest private aircraft in the world is the jet’s two dual-channel FADEC-controlled Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 turbo fan engines. Speed like this will cost you around $23 million to purchase the aircraft.

3. Dassault Falcon 900B (644mph)

The Dassault Falcon 900 has a top speed of Mach 0.84 and a range of 4,598 miles. The 19-passenger, French-built 900B business jet features improved engines, increased range and an S-duct central engine. An intelligent combination of fuselage materials (including Kevlar, carbon fiber and titanium) means this light jet weighs far less than other twinjets in its class, resulting in superior fuel economy.

2. Bombardier Global 6000 and 6500 (590mph and 690mph)

The Global 6000, previously known as the Global Express XRS, has a higher cruise speed, increased range and improved cabin layout and lighting than its predecessors. Its increased range is the result of an additional 1,486lbs fuel tank at the wing root. According to Bombardier, it takes 15 minutes less to fuel the Global 6000 than the original model thanks to upgraded computer systems and mechanical improvements. This private plane is considered by many to be the most advanced and accomplished long-range premium jet built for the most demanding travellers and passages.

In May 2018, Bombardier unveiled the Global 6500, expected to enter service at the end of 2019. This jet has an enhanced wing for a Mach 0.90 top speed. Its new Rolls-Royce Pearl engines deliver up to 13% lower fuel burn for better operating costs and a range of 6,600 nautical miles, with 9% more thrust. The Global 6500 has a ticket price of $56 million.

1. Aerion AS2 (924mph)

Still in development, this 12-passenger private jet is expected to break the mold of private air travel. A prototype flight date is expected later this year or in early 2019, with plans to certify the aircraft in 2021. The Aerion AS2 is expected to achieve a maximum speed Mach of 1.6, which is a staggering 1,217mph and enables a London to New York flight in less than three hours. Until FAA laws prohibiting supersonic flight over the US are changed, the aircraft will have to travel at about 754mph once it crosses into US airspace, but will be able to fully stretch its legs overseas.

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