Dassault Aviation on Tuesday 2 June lifted the veil on its new highly long range bizz jet, the Falcon 5X. Presented at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly facility before an audience of 400 customers, operators, suppliers and certification authority representatives, the 5X will offer the largest cabin cross-section of any purpose built business jet. The aircraft’s maiden flight is anticipated before the end of the summer.
Its 5,200 nm (9,630 km) range permits the Falcon 5X to connect the majority of the world’s most heavily travelled city pairs. According to Dassault, the new twinjet will be more fuel efficient than any other business jet in its category and will feature an approach speed of 105 knots – down in the turboprop range – offering even more airport options for business jet operators.
Announced at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas in October 2013, the Falcon 5X is equipped with a new ultra-efficient wing, an advanced digital flight control system derived from the Rafale fighter jet and a brand new Snecma Silvercrest engine offering some 15% more fuel efficiency than any other powerplant in its thrust class.
Other new features include a redesigned cockpit equipped with the third generation of Dassault’s award winning EASy flight deck and state of the art aircraft and engine health monitoring systems.
Final assembly and testing of the Falcon 5X is taking place at the Mérignac facility near Bordeaux (France), which has seen the delivery of more than 8,000 Dassault civil and military aircraft, including 2,300 Falcons, since it opened in 1949. Since the roll-out of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,300 Falcon jets have been delivered.
Featured image: The Dassault Falcon 5X (Image © Dassault)