While it’s true light jets typically aren’t as fast as larger private jets, there are more than two dozen light jets that have a maximum cruise speed exceeding 500 miles per hour

 

If you want to fly by light jet – because you don’t need the range, passenger or baggage capacity of larger private jets, you don’t necessarily have to give up speed. In addition to more than two dozen light jets that have maximum cruise speeds exceeding 500 miles per hour, the Cessna Citation Excel/XLS and Bombardier Learjet 40/45 series, which technically are midsize jets but are often sold in light jet programs, also can fly you at 500 + miles per hour.

 

Choosing The Right Jet Card

 

Specific to true light jets, Dassault’s Falcon 10 and 100 are the speed leaders with a maximum cruising speed of 564 miles per hour. Many of the other fast light jets are out of production, but the good news is you can find them in the various jet card programs. If you want speed and a specific jet, TeeBee Jets has a regional program using the Beechcraft Beechjet 400 which has a maximum cruising speed of 531 miles per hour while the Hawker 400XP at 518 miles per hour (from Magellan Jets) and the Phenom 300/300E at 511 miles per hour (Flexjet, JetSuite, Executive AirShare, Nicholas Air) are all programs where you can specify particular jet types. If you want to compare over 250 programs in easy to use spreadsheets, consider subscribing to Private Jet Comparisons here. 

 

Which light jets are fastest? Compare over 60 light and very light 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)
Dassault Falcon 10 564 520 498
Dassault Falcon 100 564 520 498
SyberJet SJ30 556 534 502
Sabreliner Sabre 40A 552 493 471
Bombardier Learjet 25D 547 510 481
Bombardier Learjet 24D 547 505 472
Bombardier Learjet 24E 547 505 472
Nextant Aerospace 400XT 542 529 466
Bombardier Learjet 35A 541 502 488
Bombardier Learjet 36A 541 502 488
Bombardier Learjet 31A 532 507 480
Bombardier Learjet 31ER 532 507 480
Bombardier Learjet 31A/ER 532 507 480
Bombardier Learjet 31 532 507 480
Beechcraft Beechjet 400 531 513 456
Beechcraft Premier I 531 490 426
Nextant Aerospace 400XTi 529 514 467
Beechcraft Beechjet 400A 527 517 472
Cessna Citation CJ4 522 522 437
Beechcraft Premier IA 522 490 426
Beechcraft Hawker 400XP 518 518 472
Beechcraft Hawker 400XPR 514 514 489
Embraer Phenom 300 511 495 441
Embraer Phenom 300E 511 495 441
Pilatus PC-24 506 NA 407
Cessna Citation Encore+ 495 495 428
Cessna Citation Encore 495 495 428
Cessna Citation Ultra 495 495 428
Honda Aircraft HA-420 HondaJet 486 486 410
Sierra Industries FJ44 Super SII S550 483 483 411
Cessna Citation CJ3 480 480 400
Cessna Citation CJ3+ 480 480 400
Sierra Industries FJ44 Super II 550 478 478 398
Cessna Citation CJ2+ 475 475 404
Cessna Citation CJ2 475 475 396
Beechcraft Diamond 1A 467 467 423
Embraer Phenom 100EV 467 383 383
Cessna Citation Bravo 466 466 386
Cessna Citation M2 465 436 381
Sierra Industries FJ44 Eagle II 501SP 463 443 403
Cessna Citation V 457 457 403
Sierra Industries FJ44 Stallion 501SP 455 420 397
Embraer Phenom 100E 449 427 383
Embraer Phenom 100 449 427 383
Cessna Citation CJ1+ 448 448 353
Cessna Citation S/II 444 444 359
Cessna Citation CJ1 438 438 353
Cessna Citation Jet 434 419 348
One Aviation Eclipse 500 427 425 380
One Aviation Eclipse 550 427 425 380
One Aviation Total Eclipse 500 427 425 380
Cessna Citation II/IISP 409 409 369
Cessna Citation 500 409 382 357
Cessna Citation I/ISP 397 397 357
Cessna Citation Mustang 391 391 367
Cirrus Vision SF50 345 339 276

 

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