The Gulfstream G650 is the fastest large-cabin jet, but not by much…

 

Private jets save you time. Even on short flights, taking a turboprop can cut your travel time in half by avoiding all that time you waste at the airport. When flying by a large cabin private jet, which is classified as having a maximum takeoff weight of over 41,000 pounds, chances you may be on a longer trip, and there are differences.

 

Using data supplied by Conklin & deDecker, Private Jet Card Comparisons estimates on a 2,500-mile flight – the distance between New York and Los Angeles – the type of large cabin jet you select for the trip could mean as much as a half hour difference in flight time.

 

The fastest large-cabin private jets are the Gulfstream G650/650ER (594 mph maximum cruise speed), Bombardier Global Express XRS/6000/5000 (588 mph), Gulfstream G550/V/500 (585 mph), Bombardier Global Express (581 mph) and Dassault Falcon 8X (581 mph). Close behind clocking a maximum cruising speed of 575 mph are the Gulfstream GIV/IVSP/450/350/300 and related series, plus the Dassault Falcon 900 series.

 

When buying a jet card, programs typically sell time either in a category, for example, large jets, or with the ability to select a specific aircraft when you are buying or in some cases if its an operator from their fleet per trip.

 

There is only one jet card program we have found that offers guaranteed access with fixed one-way rates to the G650, Denver-based OneFlight International where you will pay $15,921 per hour plus 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET). VistaJet offers the Global Express 5000 and 6000 as part of its jet card membership called the Program.

 

The fastest large-cabin jet card options

 

If you want a Gulfstream G450/IVSP series there are several options. NetJets sells 25 and 50-hour Marquis Jet cards on the type as does Clay Lacy, Magellan Jets, OneFlight International, ProspAir, and Star Jets International.

 

While comparing performance such as maximum speeds can be interesting and fun, keep in mind that when it comes time to actually fly, paper advantages can evaporate if you are held on the ground or slowed up inflight by air traffic controller or need to vector around weather. During climb and descent jets are not flying at maximum speeds and in congested areas after takeoff and on approach you will like find yourself in an aerial parade of aircraft everyone flying at the same speed.

 

The table below provides maximum cruise speed, normal cruise speed and long-range cruise speed for over 45 large-cabin jets.

 

Aircraft Name Max Cruise Speed (mph) Normal Cruise Speed (mph) Long Range Cruise Speed (mph)
Gulfstream G650ER 594 NA 562
Gulfstream G650 594 NA 562
Bombardier Global Express XRS 588 562 542
Bombardier Global 6000 588 562 542
Bombardier Global 5000 588 562 542
Gulfstream G550 585 562 528
Gulfstream G V 585 562 528
Gulfstream G500 (Old Model) 585 562 528
Bombardier Global Express 581 562 528
Dassault Falcon 8X 581 562 528
Gulfstream G450 575 548 512
Gulfstream G IV SP 575 548 512
Gulfstream G400 575 548 512
Gulfstream G IV 575 548 512
Gulfstream G350 575 548 512
Gulfstream G300 575 548 512
Gulfstream G II B 575 529 495
Gulfstream G II B Hushkit 575 529 495
Gulfstream G III 575 550 491
Gulfstream G III Hushkit 575 550 491
Gulfstream G II SP 575 547 495
Gulfstream G II SP Hushkit 575 547 495
Gulfstream G II 575 547 518
Gulfstream G II Hushkit 575 547 518
Dassault Falcon 900 575 525 493
Dassault Falcon 900B 575 536 493
Dassault Falcon 900C 575 536 493
Dassault Falcon 7X 566 562 533
Bombardier Challenger 604 562 528 489
Bombardier Challenger 605 562 528 489
Bombardier Challenger 650 562 528 489
Dassault Falcon 2000EX 555 528 509
Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy 555 528 509
Dassault Falcon 900LX 555 528 495
Dassault Falcon 900EX 555 528 495
Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy 555 528 495
Dassault Falcon 900DX 555 528 495
Dassault Falcon 2000LX 550 521 506
Dassault Falcon 2000LXS 550 521 506
Embraer Legacy 650 528 514 489
Embraer Legacy 650E 528 514 489
Bombardier Challenger 850 528 509 489
Bombardier Challenger 601-3AER 528 510 489
Bombardier Challenger 601-3R 528 510 489
Bombardier Challenger 601-1A 528 510 489
Bombardier Challenger 601-3A 528 510 489
Bombardier Challenger 600 527 527 461
Embraer Legacy 600 524 514 488

© 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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