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 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 it’s an operator from their fleet per trip.
We have found only one jet card program 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 fly, paper advantages can evaporate if you are held on the ground or slowed up inflight by an air traffic controller need to vector around the weather. During the climb and descent, jets are not flying at maximum speeds, and in congested areas after takeoff and on the approach, you will like to 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)|
|Bombardier Global Express XRS||588||562||542|
|Bombardier Global 6000||588||562||542|
|Bombardier Global 5000||588||562||542|
|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 G IV SP||575||548||512|
|Gulfstream G IV||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|
Source: Conklin & de Decker Associates, Inc. Note: Seating is standard configuration, provided for guidance only, and may vary by owner.
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