25 Fastest Passenger Planes Throughout History

Posted by , Updated on January 9, 2024

Passenger planes are not known for their speed. In comparison to fighter jets, their basically snails. But that doesn’t mean they should be ignored entirely. While most of their speeds usually ranged between 500 and 700 miles per hour, some unique airliners could go supersonic. At that speed, they could take their passengers from New York to London in roughly three hours. Are you ready? Fasten your seat-belts, here are 25 Fastest Passenger Planes Throughout History.


Cessna Citation CJ3 – 478 mph

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At 51 feet, 2 inches, the Cessna Citation CJ3 is a small, comfortable passenger plane reaching speeds up to 478 mph (769 km/h).


British Aerospace BAe 146-200 - 487 mph

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Manufactured in the United Kingdom by BAE systems, the British Aerospace BAe 146-200 is an older model that can still reach speeds up to 487 mph (783 km/h).


BAC One-Eleven series 500 -526 mph

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An older model, the BAC One-Eleven series 500 was also manufactured in the United Kingdom as a short haul airliner. It can hit up to 526 mph (846 km/h).


Tupolev Tu-204 - 527 mph

TupolevSource: http://www.airliners.net

Developed in Russia, the Tupolev Tu-204 is a mid-range airliner and the first to fly with western engines. It can hit speeds up to 527 mph (848 km/h).


Bombardier CRJ 1000 – 541 mph

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The Bombardier CRJ 1000 is a regional airliner based in Canada. It can reach 541 mph (870 km/h).


McDonnell-Douglas DC8-73 - 551 mph

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Beginning in 1965, the McDonnell-Douglas DC8-73 was a successful stretch of airliners, created for long range and medium capacity. They can reach speeds up to 551 mph (886 km/h).


Ilyushin IL-62M - 571 mph

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The Ilyushin Il was developed in Russia and designed to be a medium to long range and medium capacity airliner. It can hit 571 mph (918 km/h).


Airbus A330-200 - 575 mph

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The Airbus comes from Europe and is a long range widebody airliner. It was first developed in 1995 and can reach 575 mph (925 km/h).


Boeing 747-100 - 583 mph

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First developed in the United States, the Boeing 747-100 was massively successful and revolutionized air transport. This model is a long range high capacity airliner that can hit speeds up to 583 mph (938 km/h).


Gulfstream G550 – 585 mph

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An aircraft specifically used for business purposes, the Gulfstream G550 was developed in the state of Georgia and can reach speeds up to 585 mph (941 km/h).


Hawker-Siddeley HS.121 Trident 2 - 605 mph

Hawker_Siddeley_TridentSource: http://www.baesystems.com

A British aircraft, the Hawker-Siddeley Trident revolutionized inter-city travel and can reach 605 mph (973 km/h).


Gulfstream G650 – 610 mph

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A model up from the Gulfstream G550, the G650 is a twin-engine business jet plane with top-speed of 610 mph (981 km/h).


Boeing 747 8 – 614 mph

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The Boeing 747 8 is the longest passenger aircraft in the world. It’s also the same airliner used for Air Force One. It can hit top speed of 614 mph (988 km/h).


Convair 880 - 615 mph

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Started by General Dynamics, Convair 880, and the other models related to it, were all deemed a failure despite being considered the fastest airliner of its time. It hit speeds up to 615 mph (989 km/h).


Boeing 777 - 644 mph

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The Boeing 777 is a line of airliners considered some of the best airliners in the world today, and they are powered by the world’s most powerful engines. Many models can reach 644 mph (1036 km/h).


Boeing 787 - 652 mph

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Boeing announced the 787 in 2003. Designed as a long range widebody airliner, the 787 can hit speeds up to 652 mph (1049 km/h).


Dassault Falcon 900 EX – 662 mph

Dassault_Falcon_900EXSource: http://www.airliners.net

Originating from France, the Dassault Falcon 900 EX is a corporate jet with the ability to travel transcontinentally. Its top speed is 662 mph (1065 km/h).


Bombardier Global 6000 - 682 mph

Bombardier_Global_6000Source: http://businessaircraft.bombardier.com

The Bombardier Global 6000 allows any entrepreneur to travel the world in style and will easily get to its location quickly with speeds reaching 682 mph (1097 km/h).


Dassault Falcon 7X - 690 mph

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The Dassault Falcon 7X is another business jet designed to travel around the world in style and comfort. Designed in Canada, this airliner can reach 690 mph (1110 km/h).


Airbus A380 – 676 mph

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Originating in Europe, the Airbus A380 is a high capacity long range airliner with a twin deck and is considered the world largest airliner. It’s capable of going up to 676 mph (1087 km/h).


Cessna Citation X – 700 mph

Cessna_Citation_XSource: https://www.netjets.com

Another long range medium-sized business aircraft is the Cessna Citation X, capable of going up to 700 mph (1126 km/h).


Cessna Citation X+ - 717 mph

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There’s also the upgraded model. The Cessna Citation X+ has made significant improvements and boasts a much more powerful engine, hitting speeds up to 717 mph (1153 km/h).


Concorde – 1,354 mph

British_Airways_ConcordeSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

The Concorde was a supersonic marvel of its day, going twice as fast as the sound barrier at 1,354 mph (2179 km/h). It was primarily used by the wealthy to travel quickly at the height of luxury. However, despite being in operation for decades, the Concorde was discontinued in 2003.


Boom Supersonic - 1,451 mph

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Currently, under development, the Boom Supersonic is a commercial airliner capable of going Mach 2 or 1,451 mph (2335 km/h). However, unlike the Concorde, the Boom would be an inexpensive airliner for anyone rather than just the wealthy.


Tupolev TU 144 – 1,510 mph

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The Tupolev TU 144 was the world’s first passenger supersonic aircraft developed by the Soviets, but the Concorde came quickly after. It could reach speeds up to 1,510 mph (2,430 km/h). While it was retired from commercial use, the Russian space program still used it for training purposes.

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