One of the benefits of flying private is that you can get where you want to go faster than if you fly commercial. Not only do you not have to wait in lines at security or at the gate, you can also avoid layovers and fly directly to your destination. But some planes are faster than others. Which private jets will get you there the fastest?
There may be speed limits when flying over certain countries. For example, the United States limits the speed of aircraft to 754 mph under FAA regulations. However, over the ocean, you can really let your plane stretch its legs and get up to its full speed.
The X-59 QueSST by Lockheed Martin is the result of the company’s partnership with NASA. They’ve been working to overcome the sonic boom and bring civilian flight even closer to the supersonic flights the military has already been making. It’s designed to travel at 955 mph at 50,000 feet.
The Aerion AS2 is a supersonic jet that’s currently in development. Test flights will be made in 2019 and the 12-passenger jet is expected to be available in 2021. It will be able to reach a speed of Mach 1.6, or 1,247 mph.
Bombardier is an aircraft manufacturer that is best known for its Learjet, Global, and Challenger series business jets. It’s also produced several of the fastest private jets available.
Bombardier’s Challenger 650 has a top speed of 554 mph and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles. It can seat 12 passengers and is a popular choice for businesses.
The Global 6000 can reach speeds up 590 mph and has a much faster fueling time than its predecessor.
The Global 6500 is expected to be available in 2019 and will have a speed of 690 mph.
The Global 7500 became available in December of 2018 and boasts a top speed of 610 mph (having reached 650 mph in tests) and has a range of 7,700 nautical miles. It won a Red Dot Design Award for its 54-ft cabin.
The Global 8000 will be released in 2019 and will extend the range of the Global 7500 to 7,900 nautical miles.
Gulfstream is an American aircraft company that has produced many of the fastest private jets.
The Gulfstream G500 can fly up to 610 mph and has a range of 5,750 miles without having to stop.
The Gulfstream G550 can reach a speed of Mach 0.885 and thrust provided by two Rolls Royce engines. Its range is 6,750 nautical miles and it can fly at an altitude of 40,000 feet.
The G600 has the same maximum speed (610 mph) as its G500 counterpart but has a longer range at 7,130 miles.
The Gulfstream G650 is an ultra-long-range aircraft with a top speed of 594 mph (Mach 0.925). It’s got a range of 8.055 miles.
With a max speed of 610 mph, the G650ER tops the G650 in both speed and range. It can travel up to 8,631 miles.
The Falcon series of aircraft is made by Dassault, a French aircraft manufacturer. The company has trademarked Dassault Falcon 10X, which may be a planned supersonic jet.
The Dassault Falcon 7X is capable of reaching Mach 0.94, which is 594 mph. It can fit 8 passengers and was built with fighter jet technology.
The Falcon 8X has the same speed capabilities as the 7X, but is more spacious, with a cabin that can fit up to 16 passengers. It’s also more fuel efficient than other planes of its type.
Dassault’s Falcon 900B’s top speed is Mach 0.84 (644 mph). It has a range of 4,598 and can carry up to 19 passengers.
Cessna is best known for its small, piston jets and its business jets.
The Cessna Citation X+ uses two Rolls Royce engines to reach its top speed of 610 mph (Mach 0.935).
What Is the Fastest Plane in the World?
The fastest plane in the world is currently the North American X-15. It can reach a top speed of Mach 6.70, which is about 7,200 miles per hour. It’s so fast that it has to use rocket thrusters to steer. It’s also the first plane to be operational in space.
Does a Faster Plane Cost More?
There are many factors that affect the price of a private jet. The amount of weight they can carry, the number of passengers that can fit on the plane, its range, and more. A faster plane may cost more than a slower one, but it can depend on what other features the plane offers as well and what goes into making the plane faster.
A faster plane may not always be worth the cost, however. Many countries, the United States included, have maximum speed limits at which you’re allowed to fly. Having a plane that is capable of exceeding those limits may not be worth the cost if that speed is rarely used.
Is Flying Private Faster than Flying Commercial?
No matter what, flying private is faster than flying commercial. Much of the time is saved at the airport, since flying private means that you don’t have to wait in line to go through security or at the gate. You also don’t have to arrive hours ahead of your scheduled flight. You can just show up and fly when you’re ready, whether you own the plane or are chartering the private jet.
Finally, a private jet can fly straight to its destination, while most commercial flights will result in at least one layover on the way there.
What Other Factors Should I Consider in Buying a Plane?
Purchasing a private jet is a big investment. The plane’s speed isn’t the only factor that you should take into account before making a purchase.
How far do you need to travel? If you regularly travel internationally, you may want a plane that can fly for longer without stopping.
How many passengers usually need to travel with you? If you have a large family or if the plane is for your business, you may want to consider a larger private jet to accommodate everyone.
Price may be the most important factor of all. You want a plane that is within your budget but that can provide all of the features that you need. Start by making a list of what you’re looking for and order those in terms of priority so you have a better idea of what you’re looking for before you buy.