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Dassault Falcon adds ultra long range 8X to its fleet

May 20, 2014, Geneva, Sui. - Dassault Aviation has launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra long range category.

May 20, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

The Falcon 8X will offer a range of 6,450 nm (11,945 km) and will
feature the longest cabin of any Falcon.  Moreover, it will offer the
same low operating economics and the remarkable operating flexibility
for which all Falcons are known.
“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.
With eight passengers and three crew, the Falcon 8X will be capable
of flying 6,450 nm non-stop at M.80.  It will be 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 any other
aircraft in the ultra-long range segment, affording a corresponding
savings in operating costs.
The Falcon 8X is expected to have a balanced field length of about
6,000 ft (1,829 m) and an approach speed of 106 kts (197 kph) at typical
landing weight. 
The Falcon 8X will be equipped with a totally redesigned cockpit
modeled after the Falcon 5X.  It will feature a new generation of the
EASy flight deck equipped with a head-up display that combines synthetic
and enhanced vision and offer a dual HUD capability.
First flight is expected in early 2015 with certification in the middle of 2016 and initial deliveries before the end of 2016.
New Cabin. New Experience.
The Falcon 8X cabin
will be 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) high and 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m) wide and 42 ft 8
in (13 m) long, enabling it to offer customers the most diverse
selection of cabin layouts on the market. More than 30 configurations
will be available.  Three galley sizes, two with a crew-rest option, are
available. Operators will have an extensive selection of passenger
seating areas of varying lengths that can support different lavatory
layouts, including a lavatory with shower.
“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.
As Always, Legendary Falcon Performance.
Falcon 8X will be equipped with three PW307D engines delivering 6,722
lbs of thrust each – a 5% increase compared to the PW307A that powers
the Falcon 7X.  These engines will offer a significant reduction in fuel
consumption, community noise and NOx emissions.
The Falcon 8X will also be fitted with a redesigned ultra-efficient
wing derived from the Falcon 7X. The wing structure has been redesigned
to minimize the overall aircraft drag during cruise while achieving a
600 lb weight saving.  It will also feature optimized leading edge
profile and winglets. These improvements are expected to increase
significantly the lift to drag ratio.
Like the Falcon 7X, the Falcon 8X will be capable of approaches up
to 6 degrees, allowing it to serve challenging airports such as London
City Airport; Aspen, Colorado; La Mole (Saint-Tropez), France; and
Saanen (Gstaad), Switzerland that are normally not accessible to most
large cabin aircraft. 
Falcon 8X Typical City Pairs (8 pax, 3 crew M.80, 85% Annual Winds, NBAA Reserves)
• Beijing – Los Angeles
• Shanghai– Seattle
• Hong Kong – London
• London – Cape Town
• Mumbai – Sydney
• Sao Paulo – Los Angeles
• London – Sao Paulo
• Moscow – Los Angeles
• New York – Tel Aviv
With its 6,450 nm range the Falcon 8X will be also able to perform
an extensive list of one-leg missions such as Beijing to New York, Hong
Kong to Seattle, Paris to Singapore and Sao Paulo to Moscow. 
Falcon 8X Production Underway
The Falcon 8X is
already at an advanced stage of production with the first airframe
expected to be assembled at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac, France
facility in the coming months. An extensive expansion project at
Dassault’s Little Rock, Arkansas. facility will break ground shortly,
enabling it to accommodate completion of the new Falcon 8X and Falcon 5X


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