10 Fastest Passenger Planes Ever

Passenger planes are a common mode of transportation for people worldwide, and as such, there is always a demand for faster and more efficient aircraft. Throughout history, many planes have set speed records and pushed the limits of what was thought possible.

These planes are often marvels of engineering, with advanced designs and technologies that allow them to travel at incredible speeds. Some of the fastest passenger planes ever built were supersonic jets, capable of reaching speeds over Mach 1. These planes significantly reduced travel time between distant locations and revolutionized the airline industry.

However, due to their high operating costs and the sonic boom they produce, supersonic passenger planes are no longer in use. Today, the fastest passenger planes in operation can still reach impressive speeds, thanks to continuous technological advancements in the aviation industry.

10. Airbus A330

Top Speed: 575 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Airbus
 Country of Origin: Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom
 First flight: 1992

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The Airbus A330 is a wide-body airliner commonly used for long-haul flights. It can carry between 250 and 300 passengers, depending on the specific variant and the seating configuration. In addition, the A330 has a range of up to 8,300 nautical miles, which allows it to fly nonstop on long-distance routes.

Did You Know?

The A330 has been used by several military and government organizations, including the French Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and NASA.


9. Airbus A340

Top Speed: 568.88 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Airbus
 Country of Origin: Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom
 First flight: 1991

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The Airbus A340 is a long-range, wide-body airliner commonly used for long-haul flights. It can carry between 300 and 350 passengers, depending on the specific variant and the seating configuration.

The A340 has a range of up to 8,700 nautical miles, which allows it to fly nonstop on long-distance routes. It is powered by four engines and has a maximum takeoff weight of around 630 tons.

Did You Know?

The A340 was the first Airbus airplane to be equipped with a full glass cockpit, which means that all of the traditional analog gauges and instruments have been replaced with LCD screens.


8. Airbus A350

Top Speed: 587.20 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Airbus
 Country of Origin: Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom
 First flight: 2013

Airbus A350photo source: aerocorner.com

The Airbus A350 is a long-range, wide-body jetliner developed and produced by Airbus. It is available in three different versions: the A350-900, which can seat between 280 and 366 passengers depending on the configuration, the A350-1000, which can seat between 337 and 410 passengers; and the A350-900 ULR (Ultra Long Range), which has a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles and can seat up to 287 passengers.

The A350 is made mainly of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and is designed to be fuel efficient and offer a high level of comfort to passengers. It is used by airlines for long-haul flights and has won praise for its quiet cabin, smooth ride, and advanced technology.

Did You Know?

The A350 has won numerous awards for its design and innovation, including the International Council of Aerospace Industry Associations’ “Aerospace Industry Award” in 2014 and the Royal Aeronautical Society’s “Aircraft Concept of the Future” award in 2009.


7. McDonnell Douglas MD-11

Top Speed: 588 miles per hour
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
 Country of Origin: United States of America
 First flight: 1990

McDonnell Douglas MD-11photo source: aerocorner.com

The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 is a long-range, wide-body airliner commonly used for long-haul flights. It can carry between 270 and 410 passengers, depending on the specific variant and the seating configuration.

The MD-11 has a range of up to 7,400 nautical miles, which allows it to fly nonstop on long-distance routes. It is powered by three engines and has a maximum takeoff weight of around 610 tons.

Did You Know?

The MD-11 was the last airplane to be developed by McDonnell Douglas before it merged with Boeing. As a result, the production of the MD-11 ended in 1998.


6. Boeing 777

Top Speed: 644 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Boeing
 Country of Origin: United States of America
 First flight: 1994

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The Boeing 777 is a long-range, wide-body airliner commonly used for long-haul flights. It can carry between 300 and 400 passengers, depending on the specific variant and the seating configuration. The 777 has a range of up to 8,555 nautical miles, which allows it to fly nonstop on long-distance routes.

It is powered by two engines and has a maximum takeoff weight of around 675 tons. The 777 was the first commercial airplane to be designed entirely with computer-aided design (CAD) and the first to be entirely built using a computer-controlled manufacturing process.

Did You Know?

The Boeing 777 has several variants, including the 777-200, 777-300, and 777-800. Each variant is designed for specific routes and passenger capacities.


5. Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Top Speed: 652 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Boeing
 Country of Origin: United States of America
 First flight: 2009

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size, wide-body, twin-engine jetliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is available in three different versions: the 787-8, the 787-9, and the 787-10.

The 787-8 can seat between 210 and 290 passengers, depending on the configuration, the 787-9 can seat between 250 and 290 passengers, and the 787-10 can seat between 300 and 330 passengers.

The Dreamliner has a spacious, quiet cabin with large windows, advanced lighting, air conditioning systems, and improved humidity and pressurization to reduce jetlag for passengers. The 787 has a maximum takeoff weight of around 500,000 and is powered by either General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

Did You Know?

As of December 2021, over 800 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in operation with more than 50 airlines worldwide.


4. Boeing 747-8

Top Speed: 675 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Airbus
 Country of Origin: Germany, France,  Spain, United Kingdom
 First flight: 2005

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The Boeing 747-8 is a long-range, wide-body jetliner developed and produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is the latest version of the 747, one of the world’s most famous and recognizable airplanes. The 747-8 is available in two versions: the 747-8 Intercontinental, which is a passenger airplane, and the 747-8 Freighter, which is a cargo airplane.

The 747-8 Intercontinental can seat up to 467 passengers in a typical two-class configuration and range around 8,000 nautical miles. It is powered by four General Electric GEnx engines and is used by airlines for long-haul flights. The 747-8 Freighter ranges about 4,390 nautical miles and is used for cargo operations.

Did You Know?

As of December 2021, there are around 60 Boeing 747-8s in operation with several airlines worldwide. The 747-8 is assembled at Boeing’s Everett, Washington facility, with a list price of around $367 million.


3. Airbus A380

Top Speed: 683 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Airbus
 Country of Origin: Germany, France,  Spain, United Kingdom
 First flight: 2005

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The Airbus A380 is a long-range, wide-body jetliner developed and produced by Airbus. It is the largest passenger airplane in the world, with a seating capacity of up to 853 passengers in a typical two-class configuration and up to 868 passengers in a high-density configuration.

The A380 ranges around 8,000 nautical miles and is powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The A380 has a unique design, with two full decks of passenger space and a distinctive shape that includes a bulge on the underside of the fuselage. As of December 2021, over 250 Airbus A380s are operating with 13 airlines worldwide.

Did You Know?

The A380 has won numerous awards for its design and innovation, including the Aviation Week & Space Technology “Best Transport” award in 2007 and the International Council of Aerospace Industry Associations’ “Aerospace Industry Award” in 2005.


2. Tupolev Tu-144

Top Speed: 1,300 miles per hour
Manufacturer: Tupolev
 Country of Origin: Soviet Union or Russia
 First flight: 1968

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The Tupolev Tu-144 was a Soviet supersonic passenger jet developed in the 1960s. It was the first commercial supersonic transport (SST) to be built, preceding the Anglo-French Concorde for several months. The Tu-144 was a large, four-engined airplane with a seating capacity of around 140 passengers.

It had a range of around 4,500 miles and could cruise at speeds of up to 1,300 mph (Mach 2.0). The Tu-144 made its first flight in December 1968 and entered service with Aeroflot, the Soviet state airline, in 1977. However, the Tu-144 faced numerous technical problems and safety concerns, and it was retired from service in 1978 after only a few years of operation.

Did You Know?

The Tu-144 was the subject of much international attention and was sometimes referred to as the “Concordski” due to its similarities to the Concorde. Despite its troubled history, the Tu-144 remains an important milestone in aviation history as the first supersonic passenger jet.


1. Concorde

Top Speed: 1,354  miles per hour
Manufacturer: Aerospace, Aérospatiale
 Country of Origin: United Kingdom, France
 First flight: 1969

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The Concorde is the fastest passenger plane in the world. It was a supersonic passenger jet developed and produced jointly by the British and French governments in the 1960s. It was the world’s first supersonic passenger airplane and could fly at speeds of up to 1,350 mph (Mach 2.0), more than twice the speed of sound.

The Concorde had a seating capacity of around 100 passengers and a range of about 4,500 miles. British Airways and Air France operated it regularly and flew between London, Paris, New York, and other major cities.

The Concorde was known for its distinctive delta-shaped wings and sharp, pointed nose, which allowed it to achieve supersonic speeds. The Concorde retired from service in 2003 after 27 years of operation.

Did You Know?

The Concorde has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows, including the James Bond film “Thunderball” and the series “The Sopranos.”

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