The list of business jets models that can fly faster than Mach 0.91 (600 mph at 40,000 feet) includes two that are currently in service and two more that are scheduled to enter service this year.
Cessna Citation X+
The Citation X had a maximum cruising speed of 607 mph and a maximum operating speed of 617 mph. In 2012, the model was upgraded to the X+, which has more range and all the speed of its predecessor. Cessna calls it the world’s fastest civilian aircraft and the most luxurious aircraft interiors, and the numbers support that claim.
Gulfstream G500 and G600
According to Gulfstream, the G500 and longer-range G600 have the same maximum operating speed as the G650, 610.5 mph. The G500, which has a range of more than 5,750 miles, is expected to enter service later this year. The G600, which can fly more than 7,130 miles nonstop, will follow the G500 into service.
Each jet can each seat as many as 19 passengers in a cabin that is nearly 8 feet wide and 6 feet 4 inches tall, perfect for private flights. The G500’s cabin is 41 feet 6 inches long, and the G600’s is just over 45 feet long.
Gulfstream G650 and G650ER
The maximum operating speed for Gulfstream’s ultralong-range G650 and even longer-range variant, the G650ER, is 610.5 mph.
A G650 flying westbound circumnavigated the globe in 41 hours and 7 minutes and established 22 city-pair speed records while doing so. The aircraft’s 47-foot-long cabin can seat 18 passengers and sleep 10. And passengers will have time for some shut-eye because the G650 can fly nonstop for 8,055 miles, and G650ER has a range of 8,631 miles.
Bombardier Global 7000
During testing, the Global 7000 flew faster than 650 mph. Bombardier says it is the largest business jet to reach this speed. The aircraft, which is expected to enter service later this year, has a maximum operating speed of 610 mph.
The company recently announced that the aircraft’s range is 8,861 miles, which is 345 miles more than originally projected. Its cabin is longer than 54 feet and recently won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award.
Dassault Falcon 7X and 8X
With top operating speeds of 594 mph, the Dassault Falcon 7X, and the newer 8X fall just shy of reaching 600 mph, but they’re fast enough to earn honorable mentions.
With a 43-foot-long cabin and the ability to fly nonstop for more than 7,400 miles, the 8X also boasts impressive size and range. And it’s nimble enough to make the steep descents into and fast climbs out of some airports that are off-limits to other large jets.