World's fastest passenger Airplane
Wilbur and Orville Wright, the famous Wright brothers made the first powered aircraft in 1903. Almost 125 years have passed down the track, technology has changed our lives so much. The newest mantra of life is 'Speed'. Traveling by taxi is the concept of the past. Uber-Air, where you can take an intracity-flying taxi is the present, not even the future. Today we are going to witness the fastest passenger airplane in the world.
Before naming the crown jewel that is still the fastest Airplane servicing around the world, we have to rattle some pages of the history books. Soviet-built Tupolev TU-144 was the fastest airplane that was introduced back in New Year's Eve 1968. It had flown for only on 55 passengers flight. It flew at the top speed of 2430 km/hr or Mach 2.29.
The legendary British-French Concorde was introduced to the world in 1969. This plane was designed to peak at Mach 2.04 (2179 km/hr). Although it was a bit slower than the TU-144, it was a lot safer than the latter. But due to heavy fuel cost and higher cash bleeding this plane was retired in 2003, after 34 years of its glorious service.
As you have already noticed, speed comes with a cost. The speed you demand should justify the amount of precious aviation fuel burnt per second. That is the reason the fuel efficiency, maintenance cost should adjust the speed of the average flight. So, here is the crown jewel of our time.
The world's fastest airplane in the aviation business is the Boeing 747-8i. Otherwise known as The Intercontinental, can hit the roof with 342 passengers (8 in First Class and 92 in the Business class) went in for the first time in 2012. It can reach up to 1060 km/hr in the sky.