Dassault promotes flagship Falcon products in Dubai


Dassault Aviation (Chalet A27-A29, Stand 860) presents the commercial aspect of its military and civilian fleets, with its current and future flagship business jets in mind: the newly updated Falcon 8X tri-jet and its fleets new generation leaders, the Falcon 6X and 10X jets. Participants at the Dubai Airshow can experience the “French Touch” signature of the Falcon cabins aboard the 8X and 900LX tri-jets on display in the static park.

The eight-passenger Falcon 8X has arrived at Dubai World Central with a new interior design, first shown last month at NBAA-BACE in the US, and inspired by the future larger 6X. It offers what Dassault calls “the most sophisticated and best-designed cabin available in any ultra-long-haul business jet,” with flowing lines and unbroken surfaces that enhance interior space.

The updated 8X standard cab now includes new LED lighting that incorporates sunrise / sunset functions among other features, and improved sound insulation, lowering the sound level in what is already the quietest cab on the market, according to French society. A new cabin management system simplifies the control of in-cabin entertainment and environment systems, he adds.

Looking ahead, the Falcon 6X, slated to enter service in late 2022, has the largest cross section of any specially designed business jet. In fact, the 6X and 10X models, with their oversized circumferences, mark a marked departure from the traditional modest ramp scale of the Falcon range, reflecting a change in customer demands.

“Passengers want space and the comfort of their homes, especially on long flights,” said Carlos Brana, Dassault executive vice president for civil aviation. “They really want to wander the aisle, freely tour and mingle with passengers in other sections of the plane, and not be leaned over because of the low ceiling height.”

Configuration options for the interior of the 16-passenger 6X include a large entrance, crew rest area, spacious aft salon, and enlarged galley. With its range of 5,500 nm, the cabin altitude pressurization from 3,900 feet to 41,000 feet will help passengers cool off on long journeys.

Announced last December, the 6X made its maiden flight in March, and with three aircraft currently in certification flight tests, the program has logged over 300 hours and 100 flights. The company’s test pilots “gave 6X high marks for its excellent handling,” said Dassault chief executive officer Eric Trappier, comparing their handling favorably to that of the company’s fighter jets. While “considerable testing activity [remains] to be completed ”, continued Trappier, the 6X“ is reaching milestones at a rate that our test engineers are really satisfied with ”.

Dassault and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney expect Transport Canada to certify the aircraft’s PW812D engine by the end of the year, as well as the first flight of the fourth 6X airframe and the first production model, scheduled for delivery to Little Rock, Arkansas, early next year. . The 6X will embark on a worldwide demo tour in the second quarter of 2022 after a full indoor installation. At the same time, Dassault is preparing its global service facilities to ensure maximum support for flight services from day one of operations.

The Falcon 10X, announced in May, is even larger than the 6X, and at 9 feet, 1 inch wide and 6 feet, 8 inches high, will eclipse the cabin cross sections of the ultra-long-range competitor Gulfstream G700 and Bombardier Global 7500, said Dassault. All three jets carry a cabin volume of around 2,700 cubic feet and a list price of around $ 75 million to go with their long legs – some 7,500nm of range for the 10X.

While looking a lot like a traditional Falcon, the 10X will be structurally different, with a carbon fiber composite wing similar in composition to those used in Dassault’s Rafale fighter; Meanwhile, its T-tail-configured tail unit represents a change from the distinctive cross-shaped and downward-slanted horizontal stabilizers of previous Falcons.

A new neXus cockpit with touch screens and a single Smart Throttle power lever will allow the addition of recovery mode on the 10X, a first for Falcon jets. Powered by specially designed Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engines on pylons, the 10X will also become the British company’s first turbine-powered Falcon.

The 13-passenger Falcon 900LX, launched in 2016, incorporates FalconEye heads-up displays and an electronic flight bag (EFB) in the cockpit, and delivers more than 35% greater operational efficiency than other jets in its class, according to Dassault. Its 4750nm range can link Paris to Beijing, Mumbai to London, or New York to Moscow, while its three-jet configuration provides the short field and high / hot performance that Falcons are known for.

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