We are always fielding questions about the fastest private jets around. And with good reason; shaving 20 or 30 minutes off a regular flight can have a massive impact on your life.
Not to mention the simple fact that the fastest private jets are often the most impressive.
Whether due to practicality, or wanting to make a mark on an important client, there are many reasons you may want to hire the fastest private jet available for charter. But how do you find out which one is the fastest?
There are plenty of factors to consider if you want an accurate gauge of an aircraft’s speed. These include:
The speed and flexibility of a little turboprop will differ greatly from an ultra-long-range jet capable of carrying up to 16 passengers.
The more passengers you want to fly with, the more weight there is – including extra cargo. A heavier weight means more power is required to maintain speed.
In addition to factors like range and PAX, there is also a maximum cruise speed for each aircraft. Headwind or tailwind also has an effect on ground speed.
Taking all of this into account, here, we break down the average speeds of some of the fastest private jets available for charter right now and provide their estimated hourly rental prices.
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Citation X+ – Mach 0.935 (1,155 km/h)
The Citation X+ edges out its younger sibling, the Citation X, with an ever-so-slightly faster top speed – but both are stone-cold classics in the super-midsize jet category. It takes some doing to outrun the Gulfstream 650, but that’s exactly what this incredible 8-seater from the Cessna Corporation is capable of.
Gulfstream G650 – Mach 0.925 (1,142 km/h)
Speed is not an issue for the Gulfstream G650. Its unique wing structure alters how air passes over the model, resulting in impressive velocity. In fact, it briefly snatched the title of the fastest private jet in the world from the Cessna Citation X – before the Citation X+ crashed the party. In December 2019, the 400th Gulfstream G650 was delivered a full seven years after the model’s introduction, which shows that this elite model has staying power.
Cessna Citation X – Mach 0.92 (1,136 km/h)
The predecessor to our fastest private jet list-topper is, unsurprisingly, very similar to the Citation X+. It’s slightly cheaper to run a Citation X+ than a Citation X based on an hourly rate, but the difference is marginal. There is, however, a substantial difference when purchasing the model outright. In this instance, the Cessna Citation X is the cheaper option, which means this model continues to operate outside the shadow of the Citation X+.
Dassault Falcon 7X – Mach 0.9 (1,111 km/h)
Our list of the fastest jets available for private charter is peppered with Falcons, but this is the fastest of the lot. Despite this, it still carries an impressive maximum capacity of 16 passengers. Another major selling point of the 7X is that it consumes up to 30% less than similar jets in its class. Considering the speed it operates at, that’s quite the accomplishment.
Gulfstream G650ER – Mach 0.9 (1,111 km/h)
Given the immense popularity of the G650, it always made good sense for Gulfstream to capitalize upon that. And that’s precisely what they’ve done with the G650ER. The initials stand for ‘Extended Range’, with this nifty number capable of flying an additional 500 nautical miles compared to the G650. This does make it ever so slightly slower, but it’s still substantially faster than most other private jets.
Gulfstream G550 – Mach 0.85 (1,050 km/h)
The impressive Gulfstream series makes its second appearance on the list. Here, it bursts in with the swagger and style that is symbolic of this iconic model. Carrying up to 16 passengers on international flights, the G550 is guaranteed to impress. From panoramic windows to long-range flights (think Los Angeles to Tokyo), you won’t be disappointed.
Dassault Falcon 2000LX – Mach 0.85 (1,050 km/h)
Every Falcon aircraft on this list has been influenced by the company’s 30+ years of military experience, and the 2000LX is no different. ‘Robust, ultra cost-effective and super capable’ are some of the adjectives attributed to this model by the company themselves, and who are we to argue? Two mighty PW308 turbofan engines can help propel up to 16 passengers at a time, making it one of the larger private jets on our list.
Dassault Falcon 900LX – Mach 0.84 (1,037 km/h)
Just like the other Falcon models, the 900LX places an emphasis on efficiency and a high-quality build. The result? A tidy model that houses cutting-edge aerodynamic technology, allowing it to make use of tiny runways and hot, high airports. This flexible aircraft handles brilliantly in tight spaces yet still offers passengers a sizeable cabin for extra comfort.