The world’s fastest private jet


Ever wondered what the world’s fastest private jet is? Or how fast it goes? That title is held by the new Cessna Citation X – a long-range, medium-sized business jet. Thanks to the power of two Rolls Royce turbofan engines, it can travel at Mach 0.935 (717 mph) – that’s approximately one mile every six seconds – which means it has reclaimed the title of world’s fastest jet from Gulfstream’s new G650 which achieved Mach 0.925 (710 mph) in 2012.

New Citation X

Development of the Citation X began back in 1990 but it was not until 1996 that it was introduced to the ‘mass’ market. The new Citation X includes a number of changes – a longer cabin, additional height, a wingspan increase of almost two meters, an increase in the maximum take-off weight and an increase in the overall range. It also features elliptical winglets at the tip of the main wing which are said to increase fuel efficiency and take-off and landing performance. As for the price tag, it’ll set you back $22,925,000 if you’d like to have one of your own.

Citation X

But watch this space… if all goes to plan, even these incredible speeds will be surpassed in 2017 by the Quiet Supersonic Transport (QSST) jet, which is being designed to cruise at an altitude of 60,000 feet and at speeds of Mach 1.6 to 1.8 (over 1,200 mph).

Ben Schusterman is President of ElJet Aviation Services.

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  1. Jesus Mohammed says:

    Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. chuck says:

    Not to even hint that I would ever need one or could afford one, or even have a job in a corporation that could, would, or should have one, I am still amazed at these figures. It does make me wonder how much of this performance is needed and how much of it is simply, “heck it’s the stockholder’s money and we have to keep our image and egos in tact”. I may be one of the true noncustomers that is interested in range, rate of climb, usable load, and take off and landing speeds. You’ve come a long way since the 140, baby!!!

  3. Mark says:

    M 0.935 is more like 620 MPH, so you’re only 100 MPH out! Still pretty damn quick.
    Someone needs to understand how sound speed varies with temperature.

  4. Paul Johnson says:

    Just checked a couple of online converters and they say Mach 0.935 equates to 711.73mph.

  5. Bill says:

    Mark, I beg to differ. Your reference to 620 is in fact a nautical speed —- kph. 620 knots per hour is very, very close to the speed of sound.

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