BUSINESS AVIATION | FACT FILE: 8X
The 8X offers the best handling, fuel economy, cabin sound levels and short field capability of any large cabin business jet, along with the broadest selection of cabin configurations available in the industry — all paramount considerations in today’s aggressive business world
Dassault Aviation’s new Falcon 8X is off to a solid start in its quest to establish a new benchmark at the top of the large cabin business jet sector. The company’s new flagship entered service last October and today, the ultra-long range jet is flying in virtually all major business markets, from the Americas to the Middle East and India. Production facilities in France and the United States are in full production mode and initial deliveries to customers in Russia and Asia are scheduled in the coming weeks.
“The smooth introduction of our new Falcon 8X, combined with its reinforced operational capabilities, suggests it will be a big success in the marketplace,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “This bodes well not only for the future of the program but, most importantly, for the operational benefits it will bring to our customers.”
The 6,450 nm/11,945 km Falcon 8X provides customers with increased range and cabin volume compared to the Falcon 7X from which it was derived. The additional range allows it to comfortably fly ultra-long intercontinental routes from Asia to Europe in a single hop. In early May, a Falcon 8X demonstration aircraft performed a non-stop flight from Singapore to London connecting two of the largest business hubs in Asia and Europe.
The 8X also offers the best handling, fuel economy, cabin sound levels and short field capability of any large cabin business jet, along with the broadest selection of cabin configurations available in the industry — all paramount considerations in today’s aggressive business world.
Extensive Testing Equals Superior Reliability
Moreover, thanks to extensive operational feedback from the 7X and a rigorous two-year test campaign, the Falcon 8X has come to market with fully mature systems and an exceptional level of reliability. Proving trials utilised new endurance test methods, that subject aircraft equipment and systems to extremes of vibration, humidity, temperature, pressure changes and other in-flight phenomena designed to verify optimum operation over time.
Reliability was additionally validated during a month long around-the-world test campaign in spring 2016. The 65 flight 55,000 nm campaign put the Falcon 8X through every conceivable flight condition an operator could expect to encounter, from blistering desert heat to extreme cold and humidity, with a special emphasis on cabin comfort and connectivity. Test results showed the aircraft performed even better than expected in several key areas, including take-off distance. The global tour also achieved a perfect 100 per cent dispatch rate.
“Our new Falcon 8X flagship provides the perfect solution for operators who are looking for an optimum mix of range, operating economy and flying flexibility,” said Trappier. “We are convinced this will be a very desirable aircraft.”
Reinforced Operational Capabilities
In the six months the Falcon 8X has been in service, operational capability has been continuously upgraded, most recently through new approvals covering flight in severe crosswind conditions (up to 30 knots) and operation at London City Airport, one of the world’s most restrictive airfields.
The 8X has also been qualified with new equipment and service options that yet further expand its flight capabilities.
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Source: Dassault Aviation