Flying is the safest and fastest way to travel. Compared to commercial aircraft, business jets are relatively smaller yet comfortable, reliable, efficient and indeed fast. Being the fastest form of transport, business jets can take you to your destination in no time. Today, we are covering some of the fastest private jets in the world.
Due to the fuselage that is constructed out of aluminium and composite materials, business jets are fairly light. The weight advantage of private jets reduces CO2 emissions and saves more time, in comparison to commercial airliners.
Business jets are equipped with powerful and fuel-efficient engines. The main three manufacturers of business jet engines are Rolls Royce, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. These engines are manufactured for high performance, combining low-pressure systems and resulting in a superior thrust, thus improving the flight speed. These business jet engines allow aircraft manufacturers to deliver impressive speed, range, efficiency and reliability.
The speed of a private jet is generally measured in Mach, but it can also be measured in km/h and mph. Mach is a measurement used to represent the speed of sound. Mach 1 is approximately 1,230 km/h or 767 mph. Military aircraft can travel at speeds that exceed the capabilities of civil aviation travel. For your information, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird an American military aircraft is capable of flying Mach 3.3 which is approximately 4,075 km/h or 2,532 mph.
Why Do Private Jets Fly At Such High Speed?
Business jets have been designed to fly passengers from one location to another in the shortest time possible. Private jets are generally used by business executives, professionals, doctors, journalists, sports teams, artists and politicians. The schedules of these individuals are really busy, allowing very little room for delays.
Since time is the main priority, travelling on a private jet allows for avoiding flight delays, crowded airports and long queues in the airport terminal. Not only it is quicker, but it is also more convenient as the passengers can turn up at the airport 15 minutes before departure.
Business aviation is the only industry in the world that gives a possibility for a quick, comfortable and convenient way of travelling. This is why private jet manufacturers are led to combining powerful engines, attention to detail and aerodynamics to produce some of the fastest business jets on the market.
Since, there are so many business jets on the market, which ones are the world’s fastest private jets? Here are the top 10 picks by Challenge Jet Charter.
Top 10 World’s Fastest Private Jets
1. Gulfstream G700
The Gulfstream G700 business jet was first unveiled in 2019. Currently, it is the fastest ultra long range jet available in the business jet market. Capable of accommodating up to 19 passengers, this aircraft takes first place as the world’s fastest private jet.
Gulfstream G700 is equipped with a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, capable of delivering a thrust of 18,250 lb. The aircraft was designed to fly at the speed of 0.925 Mach (1,142 km/h) at an altitude of 51,000 ft (15,545 m). During the test flight, G700 almost broke the speed of the sound barrier when flying at Mach 0.99 (1,234 km/h). The performance of the G700 is indeed astonishing!
2. Bombardier Global 8000
The Bombardier Global 8000 was first unveiled back in 2019 but will only be introduced to the market in 2025. It is an improved version of the Global 7500 and can fly up to 19 passengers within the range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 km).
The two General Electric Passport engines of this ultra long range jet can produce up to 16,500 lb of thrust. Bombardier’s Global 8000 private jet has performed a test flight in 2021 when it became the “world’s fastest passenger jet to hit near-supersonic speeds”. The aircraft is legally allowed to operate at the maximum speed of 0.94 Mach (1,160 km/h). In 2025, the Global 8000 is expected to be the fastest private or commercial jet since the Concorde.
3. Cessna Citation X+
The Cessna Citation X+ was first unveiled in 2010. This is currently the second world’s fastest private jet and it is capable of flying up to 13 passengers. Equipped with a pair of Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 turbofan engines, Cessna Citation X has indeed an impressive speed for a super midsize jet.
The aircraft is an upgrade to the previous version of Cessna Citation X and it has the ability to reach a maximum speed of Mach 0.935 (1,150 km/h). This business jet contains a certified ceiling of 51,000 ft and a max range of 3,460 nautical miles (6,408 km). Although Cessna Citation X+ was discontinued back in 2018, there are still 23 of these business jets flying in the world.
4. Bombardier Global 7500
The Global 7500 by Bombardier is an ultra long range jet, capable of flying up to 19 passengers. This aircraft has the ability to travel 7,700 nautical miles (14,260 km) without a fuel stop. The aircraft was first announced in 2010 and entered the market in 2018. Being the company’s flagship aircraft, it conveys impressive speed, range, performance and luxury at the service ceiling of 51,000 ft.
Equipped with a pair of General Electric Passport turbofan engines, Global 7500 is capable of producing 16,500 lb of thrust. Bombardier Global 7500 can fly at the maximum speed of 0.925 Mach (1,142 km/h), placing the aircraft amongst the world’s fastest private jets.
5. Gulfstream G650
The Gulfstream G650 is an ultra long range jet that is known for its performance and luxurious cabin. Capable of flying up to 19 passengers, it has a maximum range of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km). Gulfstream G650ER, the Extended Range aircraft version has a range of 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 km) and a service ceiling of 51,000 ft.
Gulfstream G650 is equipped with a pair of Rolls-Royce BR725 turbofan engines, capable of producing 16,900 lb of thrust in each. It can fly at the speed of Mach 0.925 (1,142 km/h), whilst also being able to land on shorter runways. The performance, comfort, reliability and speed of the G650 are truly profound.
6. Falcon 8X
The Falcon 8X is an ultra long range private jet and is amongst the world’s fastest private jets. Introduced into the business aviation back in 2016 by Dassault, it has been amongst the popular private jets for quite a few years. Capable of carrying up to 18 passengers, Falcon 8X has an impressive range of 6,450 nautical miles (12,000 km). The service ceiling for Falcon 8X is 51,000 ft.
The previous aircraft of the Falcon family such as the Falcon 6X and Falcon 7X, both have a top speed of Mach 0.90 (1,112 km/h). The cruising speed of both aircraft is between Mach 0.80 (988 km/h) and Mach 0.85 (1,050 km/h).
Equipped with two Pratt & Whitney PW307D turbofan engines, Falcon 8x has a maximum speed of Mach 0.90 (1,112 km/h) and a cruising speed of Mach 0.80 (988 km/h). This ultra long range jet can also operate out of smaller airports such as London City Airport.
7. Bombardier Global 6500
The Global 6500 is another Bombardier’s flagship aircraft that boasts impressive range, performance and reliability. This ultra long range jet has been introduced back in 2019 and it has a range of 6,600 nautical miles (12,223 km) with a service ceiling of 51,000 ft. The aircraft is capable of flying up to 17 passengers, depending on the cabin layout.
Bombardier Global 6500 is equipped with a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and is able to reach a top speed of up to Mach 0.90 (1,111 km/h). The stylish cabin is divided into three separate living areas, allowing plenty of space and comfort.
8. Bombardier Global 6000
Bombardier Global 6000 definitely deserves the place amongst the fastest private jets in the world. This ultra long range jet is able to carry up to 13 passengers at a service ceiling of 51,000 ft. The deliveries of Global 6000 started back in 2012 and still continues to this day.
Two Rolls-Royce BR700-710A2-20 engines of the Global 6000 are able to produce 14,750 lb of thrust. The range of this aircraft reaches up to 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 km). The top speed of the Global 600 is Mach 0.89 (1,099 km/h), allowing to perform intercontinental flights with ease.
9. Gulfstream G550
Another aircraft on the world’s fastest private jets is the Gulfstream G550 ultra long range jet. This aircraft is an upgrade to the older version of Gulfstream G500. Launched back in 2004, the G550 is able to fly up to 19 passengers, depending on the cabin layout. The service ceiling of the aircraft is 51,000 ft.
With two Rolls-Royce BR725 turbofan engines that are able to produce up to 17,000 lb of thrust, it has a range of 6,750 nautical miles (12,500 km). The top speed of the Gulfstream G550 is Mach 0.885 (1,093 km/h). This private jet offers up to four living areas and three temperature zones in the cabin.
10. Falcon 2000LXS
Dassault Falcon 2000LXS is the new version of the previous Falcon 2000LX. After entering the market back in 2014, the aircraft has earned its place amongst the world’s fastest private jets. As a heavy jet, it can carry up to 12 passengers, whilst boasting a luxurious, large and comfortable cabin.
The aircraft consists of two Pratt & Withney PW308C turbofan engines that are able to produce 7,000 lb of thrust. The range of the Falcon 2000 LXS is 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 km) and the service ceiling goes up to 47,001 ft. It has a top speed of Mach 0.862 (1,064 km/h) and a cruising speed of Mach 0.80 (988 km/h).
These are our picks for the top 10 world’s fastest private jets. Private jet manufacturers are always in competition to deliver aircraft that are reliable, efficient, comfortable and of course – fast.
If you are not sure which aircraft to charter, our team of aviation consultants are always able to advise and help you to select an aircraft that you would feel most comfortable flying with. Contact us for your free quote, and let us look after your charter flights in style as you fly and stay connected across the world.
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