The Falcon 8X, 2000LXS & The New 6X Full-Scale Cabin Mockup Showcased.
Dassault Aviation has showcased its flagship ultra long range Falcon 8X and the high performance Falcon 2000LXS besides taking the opportunity to highlight its new ultra widebody Falcon 6X at the recent Singapore Air Show 2020.
The Falcon 6X Highlight
A full-scale cabin mockup of the new ultra widebody Falcon 6X was featured at the static display of the Singapore Air Show 2020 – the first showing in the region. The Falcon 6X is touted to offer the largest cabin cross-section of any purpose-built business jet in the market, measuring 2.58 meters (102 inches) in width, 1.98 meters (6 feet 6 inches) in height and 12.30 meters (40 feet 4 inches) in length.
In terms of flight distance, the new Falcon 6X will be capable of flying a distance of 5,500 nm (10,186 km). The Falcon 6X will be equipped with a new-generation Digital Flight Control System that provides better manoeuvrability by controlling all moving surfaces. This will include a new control surface, called flaperon which is technology adapted from the Dassault fighter aircraft.
The development of the Falcon 6X, including its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D engine, is on schedule. The final assembly of the first aircraft will begin soon within the coming months. The first flight is set for 2021 and certification and initial delivery planned for 2022.
According to Dassault Aviation’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Eric Trappier, It is expected that the Asia Pacific region is to be the major driver for Dassault Aviation’s ultra widebody Falcon 6X, as it is already proving to be for the Falcon 8X flagship. He further added that the region has always been a key market for the Falcon aircraft, whose efficiency, cabin comfort, and safety level are important criteria for local operators.
Currently, there are over 100 Falcons based within the Asia Pacific region, with half of them being the late generation models such as the Falcon 8X and the Falcon 7X.
The Falcon 8X And The Falcon 2000LXS Showcase
Also present at the Singapore Air Show 2020 were the Falcon 8X and the Falcon 2000LXS. The choice of display is because the Falcon 8X has been a market leader in the Asia Pacific since the first aircraft was delivered in the region three years ago, while the Falcon 2000LXS has been proven as a popular choice with corporate clients in the Asia Pacific region.
The Falcon 8X is the flagship aircraft of Dassault Aviation. With an ultra long range (6,450 nm / 11,945 km) capability, the Falcon 8X can fly non-stop from Hong Kong to London, Singapore to Zurich or Beijing to New York. It also possess the versatility to land at highly restrictive airports such as London City, which is typically inaccessible to large business jets. The 8X’s spacious cabin is the quietest of any business jets on the market and it also offers a shower option as well as a large entryway with a certified crew rest for very long flights.
The Falcon 2000LXShas a range of 4,000 nm / 7,410 km, allowing the aircraft to fly from Singapore to Sydney or Singapore to Dubai. The Falcon 2000LXS offers a short-field capability comparable to smaller midsize business jet models, but with a range and comfort level far exceeding those aircraft.
Technologically Advanced Systems – Expands Falcon Aircraft Capabilities, Productivity and Safety
All top-line Falcons are available with a number of advanced systems that considerably enhances the aircraft capabilities, productivity and safety.
The said advancements include the FalconConnect, which is a new in-flight broadband service that keeps passengers fully connected at all times, everywhere in the world. The FalconConnect integrates all cockpit and cabin ground-based and satellite communications into a single bundled offering, making connectivity systems easy to use and consumption simple to manage and control.
Falcon aircraft are also available with Dassault’s revolutionary FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first head up display (HUD) system in business aviation to combine synthetic and enhanced vision capabilities in a single view. This allows pilots to fly approaches in poor visibility conditions with an unprecedented level of situational awareness providing exceptional safety and reliability margins. FalconEye is now approved for an enhanced flight vision system capability that gives operational credit for poor visibility approaches down to 100 ft, greatly improving access to airports in all-weather conditions at day or night.
First in Customer Support
Dassault was recently recognised for its excellence in customer service from two operator surveys conducted by Pro Pilot Magazine and Aviation International News (AIN). Both voted Dassault Aviation as the top service provider in the business jet sector – citing spares availability, cost of parts, speed of aircraft on ground (AOG) service and overall aircraft reliability as the major motivating factors in their decision.
Over the years, in further reinforcing its aftermarket support, Dassault has further acquired a series of large maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses – in particular, ExecuJet. This has enabled the company to expand its company-owned MRO network in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, and move closer to operators in these areas.
Dassault has also continued to expand backup customer support capabilities outside the Asia Pacific region. A state-of-the-art spare parts distribution centre near Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was opened early last year for the further improvement of speed and reliability of spares shipments to Falcon customers in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.