French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation rolled out its new top-of-the-line plane on 17 December 2014 in Bordeaux, France: the long-range Falcon 8X business jet.
As a further development of the Falcon 7X the new plane will be able to get the typical business traveller across a whole 6,450 nautical miles (11,945 km). The 8X has a 3.5 feet longer cabin, to give it more space on the inside.
Final assembly and testing of the 8X is taking place in Merignac, where production began in 1949. The Falcon 8X will be produced at the at the Charles Lindbergh hall there, the same where the Falcon 7X was put together, and the 8X will draw on the same digital design and manufacturing techniques. Over the last 7 years 250 aircraft made it off this line.
Wing mating and engine installation on the first Falcon 8X were completed in July and first power up occurred shortly after. Ground tests, including flight control system testing, vibration tests and fuel system testing, concluded in November. The first engine run up took place in early December and the aircraft is on track for a maiden flight in the first quarter of 2015.
A total of three aircraft, including one fully outfitted with a cabin interior, will be used in the flight test and certification campaign. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half
The Falcon 8X will offer 30 configurations, and three galley sizes. It flies with a crew of two – with resting area – eight passengers, one additional crew member, and amongst the lavatory options one that includes a shower.
The Falcon 8X is powered by an improved version of the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW307 engine that equips the Falcon 7X. Combined with improvements to wing design, the new power plant will make the 8X up to 35% more fuel efficient than similar aircraft, claims Dassault.
Like the 7X, the Falcon 8X will be capable of approaches up to 6 degrees, allowing it to fly into f. ex. London City Airport or Lugano in Switzerland. Amongst the possible direct flights of the Falcon 8X are Beijing – Los Angeles, Los Angelas – New York, Hong Kong – London, Cape Town – Mumbai or Sydney – Sao Paulo.
Source: Dassault Aviation