Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X ultra long range
Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X, its newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra long range category is now launched. Falcon 8X has a range of 6,450 nm (11,945 km) non-stop at M.80 and features the longest cabin of any Falcon. “The Falcon 8X will be our new flagship and a great complement to our product line,” announced Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, Eric Trappier. “It builds on Dassault expertise in aerodynamics, in precision design and manufacturing, and in advanced digital flight controls. It embodies the best of Falcons that have come before with the most capability of any Falcon ever.”
“With two new aircraft in development, the 5X and 8X, Dassault will now be able to offer a family of six jets designed to meet the widest possible range of operator needs at the upper end of the business jet spectrum,” added Trappier.
Falcon 8X can carry 8 passengers and 3 crew, and is powered by an improved Pratt and Whitney Canada PW307 engine version seen in Falcon 7X. Improved wing design alongside an improved engine makes Falcon 8X up to 35% more fuel efficient in the ultra-long range segment. Expected balanced field length stands at around 6,000 ft (1,829 m), and approach speed at 106 kts (197 kph) at typical landing weight.
Falcon 8X’ redesigned cockpit is modeled on Falcon 5X and features a new gene EASy flight deck equipped with a head-up display to combine synthetic and enhanced vision and dual HUD capability. First flight is expected in early 2015, certification in mid 2016 and initial deliveries before 2016 end. The inside cabin stands at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) high, 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m) wide and 42 ft 8 in (13 m) long with 30+ configurations available. 3 galley sizes, 2 with a crew-rest option, are available. “The Falcon 8X will be the longest cabin of any Falcon. But, more importantly, it will feature the highest level of customization of any large cabin business jet on the market,” said Trappier.