If you’re in a hurry, Cessna’s Citation X and X+ give extra speed to midsize private jets

 

The Citation X and X+ like the Gulfstream G650 has reached speeds of over Mach .9, just short of breaking the sound barrier and going supersonic. Perhaps as impressive is the first Citation X was delivered in 1996, and still, today is the fastest private jet in the midsize cabin category, according to data provided by Conklin & de Decker. But before we go forward, let’s talk about what’s a midsize jet? ARGUS defines midsize jets as being from 21,000 to 41,000 pounds at maximum takeoff weight, but there is no industry definition for super-midsize. A spokesperson for the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association the super-midsize designation is a marketing segment that is self-proclaimed and in fact, in terms of categorizing aircraft, it’s often the operators and brokers who are selling jet cards and charters that do so meaning one person’s midsize jet can be somebody else’s midsize jet. You will even find large light jets sometimes offered up as a midsize jet.

 

Now that we have that out of the way, the second fastest midsize jet – the Premier Aircraft Falcon 50-4 – was last delivered in 1996, so it’s unlikely you will find yourself on one. Next up with Bombardier Learjet 55/55C/55B (at 564 miles per hour maximum cruise speed), Beechcraft Hawker 4000 (563 mph), Gulfstream G280 (555 mph), Dassault Falcon 2000DX (555 mph), Dassault Falcon 50 series (552 mph), Dassault Falcon 2000S (551 mph) and new Cessna Citation Longitude (548 mph).

 

Midsize and Super Midsize Aircraft Specific Jet Cards

 

While speed is not likely to be a key factor in choosing a midsize or super-midsize jet card, meaning being able to select a specific aircraft may be less important just based on how fast you can go, there are a number of jet card options that do allow you to get aircraft specific and still get guaranteed availability and fixed hourly rates. Magellan Jets sells a Challenger 300/G200 jet card, as well as Citation X/Sovereign cards in super mid. It also has a Hawker 800XP jet card which it sells as midsize. Flexjet offers a Challenger 300 jet card, NetJets has Marquis Jet cards specific to the Citation Sovereign and X, ProspAir sells a Hawker 800XP midsize card and a Dassault Falcon 50 super midsize card, XOJET offers both the Challenger 300 and Citation X, while Nicholas Air, which enables you to select any jet from its fleet per trip has the Citation Longitude. Also enabling you to choose a specific aircraft and offering guaranteed availability and fixed rates in the mid and super-midsize category is OneFlight International.  We also expect Wheels Up, which has taken delivery of three Citation Xs with more on the way, to soon post pricing for the type. Right now it is using it for customer upgrades, no a bad deal if you reserve a Citation Excel/XLS or King Air 350i and end up with one of the world’s fastest private jets.

 

Which midsize and super midsize jets are the fastest? Compare over 60 private jets by maximum cruise speed, normal cruise speed, and long-range cruise speed:

Aircraft Name Max Cruise Speed (mph) Normal Cruise Speed (mph) Long Range Cruise Speed (mph)
Cessna Citation X+ 606 606 541
Cessna Citation X 604 604 541
Premier Aircraft Falcon 50-4 575 527 495
Bombardier Learjet 55C 564 514 483
Bombardier Learjet 55/55B 564 514 483
Beechcraft Hawker 4000 563 541 514
Gulfstream G280 555 541 528
Dassault Falcon 2000DX 555 528 509
Dassault Falcon 50-40 552 528 495
Dassault Falcon 50EX 552 528 495
Dassault Falcon 20F-5 552 524 473
Dassault Falcon 20F-5B 552 524 473
Dassault Falcon 20C-5 552 524 473
Dassault Falcon 20C-5B 552 524 473
Dassault Falcon 50 552 496 472
Dassault Falcon 2000S 551 521 505
Cessna Citation Longitude 548 0 0
Dassault Falcon 2000 547 528 495
Sabreliner Sabre 80 (75A) 547 520 470
Gulfstream G100 545 528 495
Embraer Legacy 500 543 528 505
Bombardier Challenger 350 541 528 528
Bombardier Challenger 300 541 528 528
Gulfstream G200 541 528 495
Gulfstream G150 541 528 495
Beechcraft Hawker 1000 541 506 460
Embraer Legacy 450 539 528 502
Bombardier Learjet 70 535 502 497
Bombardier Learjet 75 535 502 497
Bombardier Learjet 40XR 535 502 497
Bombardier Learjet 45XR 535 502 497
Bombardier Learjet 40 535 502 493
Bombardier Learjet 60 535 502 487
Bombardier Learjet 60XR 535 502 487
Cessna Citation III 535 491 481
Sabreliner Sabre 65 535 502 480
Bombardier Learjet 45 535 502 479
Dassault Falcon 200 529 506 483
IAI Astra SP 529 516 476
Dassault Falcon 20F 529 501 451
Dassault Falcon 20C 529 501 451
Cessna Citation Sovereign+ 528 528 447
Cessna Citation Sovereign 528 528 447
IAI Westwind 1 524 488 460
IAI Westwind 2 524 488 460
Cessna Citation VII 520 520 480
Beechcraft Hawker 800XPR 520 495 463
Beechcraft Hawker 900XP 520 495 463
Beechcraft Hawker 850XP 520 495 463
Beechcraft Hawker 800XPi 517 495 463
Beechcraft Hawker 800XP 517 495 463
Beechcraft Hawker 750 514 495 463
Beechcraft Hawker 800SP 509 494 448
Beechcraft Hawker 800 509 494 448
Cessna Citation XLS+ 506 506 429
Cessna Citation XLS 498 498 429
Cessna Citation Excel 498 498 429
Cessna Citation Latitude 494 494 428
Sabreliner Sabre 60 493 493 471
Cessna Citation VI 491 491 481

© Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc., July 14, 2018. Used with permission under license. Table and data may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. Note:  Seating is standard configuration, provided for guidance only and may vary by owner.

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About Conklin & de Decker

Conklin & de Decker, a JSSI Company, is a leader in aviation research, consulting and education with offices in Massachusetts, Texas and Arizona. The mission of Conklin & de Decker is to enable the general aviation industry to make more informed decisions when dealing with the purchase, operation and disposition of aircraft by furnishing objective and impartial information. Founded in 1984, Conklin & de Decker focuses on fixed- and rotary- wing aircraft operating cost, performance and specification databases, maintenance management software, financial management, fleet planning, market research, aviation tax issues, and financial, tax and management seminars.  Conklin & de Decker consults with numerous individuals, corporations, and government agencies worldwide. More information on their products and services, copies of articles published, and a unique “Members Only” section can be found on their website, conklindd.com.