More than 70 years after the first supersonic flight of Chuck Yeager on his “Glamorous Glennis", North American and French aircraft makers are setting new records in the skies.
Ultra fast jets can help executives cut down on those precious time-is-money hours spent flying. Busy travelers who seek time efficiency now have the opportunity to hold multiple meetings in different cities within the same day! What’s more, the mind-blowing speed is paired with great safety, comfort, luxury, and the latest tech.
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for the current top 10 of world’s fastest private jets!
The first place goes to the Canadian builders’ brand new aircraft. As the name suggests, it can cover an impressive range of 8,000 nautical miles. This marks the start of a new era: city pairs like Dubai-Houston and Singapore-Los Angeles are now possible!
At a demonstration flight, the Global 8000 reached the jaw-dropping speed of Mach 1.015 and became the fastest civil aviation jet since the Concorde. However, its maximum operating speed when used commercially will be Mach 0.94. Additionally, this aircraft is the first transportation airplane to reach the speed of sound while using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Up to 19 passengers can be luxuriously accommodated on board the fastest private jet in the world in 4 seating areas, one of which has an ensuite bathroom and a double bed.
Unfortunately, potential buyers of this magnificent ultra-long range aircraft will have to wait until it has entered service (in 2025). The list price will also be magnificent: $78 mln.
The second fastest private jet was certified by the FAA with speeds of Mach 0.935 or 717 miles per hour. Citation X and its upgraded version X+ have a maximum range of 3,460 nmi. They are powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, and feature a glass cockpit equipped with a Honeywell avionics system.
The Citations can seat 9 passengers and a crew of 2. The craft features extra-large, extra comfortable seats, a fully equipped galley and a spacious bathroom.
This jet boasting unmatched speed, efficiency and reliability has a relatively modest price - $23.3 m.
The newest Gulfstream aircraft was announced in 2022 and will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925 even if it reached 0.99 during testing. G700 covers a range of 7,500 nmi which makes connections like London-Singapore or LA-Tokyo quite possible.
The cabin of this private jet is as luxurious as can be and can seat up to 19 passengers, spread across 4 zones like in the Global 8000.
Reportedly, Elon Musk added a Gulfstream G700 to his private jets collection at the “insignificant” price of $75 million and will supposedly receive his this year (2023).
G650ER is the speed record-holder for the farthest flight in business aviation history - it flew non-stop from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona, in 15 h, 23 m at an average speed of 596.5 mph.
G650 has a range of 7500 nmi and is powered by 2 Rolls-Royce BR725 engines.
The craft is configured to carry between 11 and 18 passengers. The living spaces include a full kitchen and a bar. It can be equipped with an array of entertainment features including satellite telephones and wireless Internet.
The unit cost for a Gulfstream G650 is $69.5 m and for the G650ER - $71.5 m.
At a maximum speed of Mach 0.925 Bombardier Global 7500 covers a range of 7700 nmi (New York-Hong Kong or Singapore-San Francisco) with its General Electric Passport engines and.
This jet can seat up to 19 passengers who can enjoy their own private space, HDTV, an audio system and an entertainment cabinet with media storage.
A famous owner of one of these is former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda and the price that he paid rounds up to $73 million.
The two Bombardier models take the 6th position thanks to their maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.88 (even though their maximum speed matches the one of the Falcons 7x and 8x). The Globals feature Pearl 15 Rolls-Royce BR700 engines and modern interiors.
The two big differences between the two models are the size and range. The 6500 has a maximum range of 6,000 nmi and the 5500 – 5,900 nmi. Both models would be able to complete a long-haul flight like London to Hong Kong.
The French company Dassault is Gulfstream and Bombardier’s big competitor. The Falcon 7X and its upgraded version 8X are quite versatile and offer a great range of 6000 nmi and a maximum speed of 690 mph which can ensure a smooth and quick trip from LA to Paris.
Both jets feature an innovative digital flight control system and a wide selection of floor plans. The Falcon 7x can seat between 12 and 16 people and can travel with a crew of 3, so passengers can also rely on a flight attendant. This French jewel, reportedly owned by Bill Gates, will set you back $47.4m.
Like Global 8000, this Bombardier model got its name from the maximum range it can cover, 6000 nmi (London-New York).
What distinguishes this aircraft is its advanced wing design, the enhanced sound proof materials, and its two Rolls-Royce engines.
The Global 6000 used to be advertised as the best combination of speed, range and field performance and its unit cost is $45m.
A proud owner of a Global 6000 is Russian billionaire businessman Alexei Mordashov.
The Gulfstream G550 ranks at #9 thanks to a maximum speed of 679 mph. This business jet produced by General Dynamics' Gulfstream Aerospace unit can smoothly take you halfway across the globe with its maximum range of 6750 nmi.
The aircraft has set 40 city-pair records for time. It has a cruise speed of 850 km/h and is a great choice for destination pairs like Tokyo - Paris or London - Hong Kong.
The jet features up to 4 areas, vast multimedia resources and entertainment center, can accommodate 16 passengers and costs $61.5 m.
The last spot in our ranking was earned by the almost 10-years-old French Falcon 2000LXS. While its top speed is Mach 0.862, this private jet cruises at Mach 0.80 and has a range of 4,000 nmi.
Most of these jets are suitable for 8 to 12 people and have a spacious cabin. The Falcons 2000LXS are mostly known for their exceptional quietness: the noise passengers hear while cruising would be similar to a running refrigerator.
A Falcon 2000LXS could be bought for a price between 25 and 35 mln US dollars.
Wishing all fast and furious fans the opportunity to fly in one of these super-speedy jets and safe travels!