While we cannot compare the speed of passenger aircraft to that of fighter jets and military planes, this doesn’t diminish their importance in transporting passengers from one place to another. Most commercial aircraft typically operate at speeds ranging from 500 to 700 miles per hour, with some exceptional planes capable of traveling faster than the speed of sound. At these high speeds, they can transport passengers from New York to London in about three hours. Therefore, we present to you a list of the fastest passenger transport aircraft in history.
The Tupolev Tu-144 is considered the world’s first supersonic passenger aircraft. It was manufactured and developed by Soviet Russians and could reach speeds of up to 1,510 miles per hour (2,430 km/h). Although it ceased commercial use, it is still being updated for use in Russian space program training.
Currently under development, the Boom Supersonic is a commercial aircraft capable of traveling at speeds of 1,451 miles per hour (2,335 km/h). It aims to make supersonic travel accessible to a wider audience, as it is designed to be more affordable than previous supersonic options, making it accessible beyond just the wealthy elite.
The Concorde was a marvel of its time, boasting a speed of approximately 1,354 miles per hour (2,179 km/h). Primarily used by the affluent for its speed and luxurious accommodations, the Concorde operated for decades before being retired in 2003.
Cessna Citation +X
The original Cessna Citation received significant improvements and a highly powerful engine, earning it a spot on the list of the fastest aircraft in the world. Its speed reaches around 717 miles per hour (1,153 km/h).
While these aircraft may not match the speeds of military planes, their contribution to passenger transport and their historical significance cannot be overlooked.
This aircraft stands out for its high capacity and is a long-range type of plane. It holds the title of the world’s largest passenger aircraft in terms of size and can travel at speeds of up to 676 miles per hour (1,087 km/h).
Dassault Falcon 690
Designed in Canada, this aircraft is specifically tailored for comfortable business and luxury travel worldwide. Its speed reaches 690 miles per hour (1,110 km/h).
Bombardier Global 6000
The Bombardier Global 6000 allows business travelers to journey elegantly across the world, easily reaching their destinations with speeds of up to 682 miles per hour (1,097 km/h).
Dassault Falcon 900 EX
Manufactured in France with high luxury and exceptional capabilities, this aircraft boasts a powerful engine and the ability to travel across continents, reaching a maximum speed of 662 miles per hour (1,065 km/h).
The first announcement for the Boeing 787 was made in 2003. Designed with a sturdy structure, this long-range aircraft can reach speeds of up to 652 miles per hour (1,049 km/h).
The Boeing 777 is considered one of the best aircraft in the world today, thanks to its powerful engine, making it one of the most potent engines globally. It can reach speeds of up to 644 miles per hour (1,036 km/h).