We already know that big is best: the more too-big-to-fly the plane looks, the better it is. But there’s also an argument that speed matters. After all, if the length of your journey didn’t matter, we at Skycop wouldn’t be helping people claim flight compensation! Back on topic, even commercial planes can get pretty fast. So here are the 10 fastest passenger planes in history.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner: 956 km/h (594 mph)
First flight: 2009
Launched as a replacement for the B767, the Dreamliner is both modern and efficient. The model was introduced in 2011 and there’s already over 800 of them around. You might have flown one already on a long flight!
Dassault Falcon 900LX: 1074 km/h (667 mph)
First flight: 1984
Dassault has produced one or two fighter jets in its time. The company claims that this experience helped them create the Falcon, a business jet in production since 1984. And as you can see, the LX version – the latest one – can really mossey!
Bombardier Global 6000: 1094 km/h (679 mph)
First flight: 2012
Bombardier is one of the persistent actors in the plane industry. However, the Global 6000 isn’t one of its regional jets – nope, it’s another bizjet. This one can go up to Mach 0.89 if it wants to, and the internet tells me that’s about 1094 km/h.
Dassault Falcon 7X: 1100 km/h (683 mph)
First flight: 2005
Together with the before-mentioned 900LX, the Falcon 7X is one of the two trijets in production – which means that they’re powered by three jet engines. It used to be a fairly common thing in second-generation jetliners. However, this rare configuration doesn’t stop the Falcon 7X from being blazing fast.
Airbus A380: 1087 km/h (675 mph)
First flight: 2005
This gentle giant will not be with us for too long (in-plane terms), as Airbus is shutting down the project. However big it is, it is quite fast, with a maximum possible speed of 1087 km/h. Of course, just like with every other plane, the cruising speed is lower.
Cessna Citation X: 1127 km/h (700 mph)
First flight: 1993
Back to bizjets we go! Cessna is well known for its production of smaller aircraft, especially prop planes. But Cessna Citation X is really up there when it comes to cramming powerful engines into small packages.
Cessna Citation X+: 1153 km/h (716 mph)
First flight: 2012
The heavily upgraded Cessna Citation X+ started deliveries in 2013 and is about 10 times less common than its predecessor. However, it is a somewhat faster commercial jet.
Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde: 2,179 km/h (1353 mph)
First flight: 1969
Let’s take a massive leap to supersonic planes, shall we? The legendary Concorde was fast, really fast, with a possible speed twice that of sound. Granted, nobody on the internet agrees on what Mach 2.04 means – that’s because the speed of sound can vary by over 500m/s depending on altitude.
Boom Overture/Baby Boom – 2335 km/h (1451 mph)
First flight: 2020?
XB-1 Baby Boom is supposed to be a one-third size technology demonstrator that would take its first test flight this year, leading to Overture, a 55-passenger plane, being introduced in 2025. Unlike the Concorde, it’s meant to make supersonic flight approachable for normal people and not just the super-rich. Fun fact: Overture would bring the trijet sexy back!
Tupolev Tu-144 – 2,430 km/h (1510 mph)
First flight: 1968
The Tu-144 went supersonic months before the Concorde and was the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2. However, two crashes meant that the passenger fleet was grounded after 55 flights. The plane lived on as cargo transport, shuttle pilot trainer and a vehicle for whatever nerd stuff NASA wants to do at twice the speed of sound.
However good at going “nyoom” the plane you’re about to ride is, your trip might still ground to a halt due to flight disruptions. Flight delays, cancellations, and overbookings can all happen due to negligence on the part of the airline. However, you can then claim flight compensation! And it’s very easy to do with Skycop! With flight compensations of up to €600 being on the line, you can start saving up for an Overture flight!