List of most popular commercial airlners by cruising speed

This statistic shows the most common families of commercial airliners (according to Ascend Worldwide data published in the Guardian) ranked by cruising speed. The cruising speed of an aircraft is usually the speed at which it is most economic to fly, slightly faster than the speed which allows for its maximum range, but also slower than the aircraft's top speed. Of these aircraft, only the Boeing 777 family had an average cruising speed in excess of 500 knots, with its speed of 518 knots translating to roughly 960 kilometers per hour.

Cruising speeds of the most common types of commercial airliners

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Release date

September 2016



Survey time period

2012 to 2016

Supplementary notes

This data displays the average cruising speed of the most commonly used airliners in the world. Where data for multiple models within a family exists, the average cruising speed is given. Data on the cruising speed of the Embraer ERJ 145 Family was not available and therefore it does not appear on this chart.

* Average combined cruising speed of Boeing-777 models 200ER, 200LR, 300, and 300ER.
** Cruising speed of a Boeing 737-400.
*** Average combined cruising speed of Embraer models E170, E175, E175-E2, E190, E190-E2, E195, and E195-E2.
**** Average combined cruising speed of Airbus A340 models 200, 300, 500, and 600.
***** Average combined cruising speed of Boeing 737 models 600, 700C, 700ER, 800, and 900ER.
****** Average combined cruising speed of Bombardier CRJ models 100, 200, 440, 700, 705, 900, and 1000.
******* Average combined cruising speed of ATR 72 models 200, 210, and 600.

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