Falcon 6X: An elegant business jet built for top-class performance and comfort.
While many commercial flights were grounded over the past two years, business jets had their wheels off the ground and flying to places. Many business travellers and high net-worth individuals (HNWI) have pivoted to using business jet charters or even acquiring their own business jet. One of the main reasons for this is heightened awareness for health and safety. Travelling on your own business jet, means you travel in a more controlled environment with fewer ‘touch points’.
Amidst the growing demand for business jet travel, Dassault Aviation’s new Falcon 6X ultra widebody twinjet is scheduled to enter service mid-2023. The Falcon 6X has been conducting international route proving flights. It flew to Malaysia’s Subang Airport last month (8 July), the only Asia stop on its global route proving tour.
The Falcon 6X boasts the largest cabin cross-section of any purpose-built business jet with 78in (198 cm) of headroom and 102in (259 cm) of cabin width. The spacious cabin is well-lit thanks to the thirty extra-large windows plus there is a skylight.
Flexibility of the Falcon 6X’s floor plan allows desks to be converted quickly into dining areas or lounges into sleeping areas. The Falcon designers also added little details that make spaces in the cabin warmer and emulate a homely vibe using cabin lighting. The cabin lights can be adjusted from an app on the passenger’s personal device.
The Falcon 6X’s 40.4ft (12.3m) long cabin allows for three large lounge areas and a wide variety of cabin configurations. Customers can, for example, opt for a longer entryway with a certified crew rest for very long flights.
The aircraft comes with FalconConnect, an inflight broadband service that keeps passengers fully connected at all times, anywhere in the world. FalconConnect integrates all cockpit and cabin ground-based and satellite communications into a single bundled offering, making onboard connectivity systems easy to use and consumption simple to manage and control. Being connected ‘on the go’ remains one of the priorities of business travellers. Having FalconConnect available on board enables online telecommunication calls and meetings to be carried out.
The Falcon 6X is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D, a proven 13,000-14,000 lb thrust engine designed for fast, long-range and high altitude flying that provides low noise and better fuel efficiency.
With its short take-off and landing capability, the Falcon 6X can take access small airports and airfields that a commercial jet aircraft is unable to.
The Falcon 6X’s remarkable short field performance is made possible through cutting-edge military technologies derived Dassault Aviation’s military fighters. The Falcon’s digital flight control system (DFCS), which is a more advanced form of ‘fly-by-wire’, is derived from Dassault’s Rafale fighter. The business jet’s active, high-speed deflection control surfaces, known as flaperons, are also derived from military fighters. These technologies give the pilot greater control of the aircraft during steep descents.
The aircraft’s cockpit also includes technologies derived from military fighters, such as side-stick control and a head-up display (HUD) that incorporates FalconEye, a vison system that combines synthetic vision with enhanced vision so the pilot can see the terrain at night and in poor weather conditions.
In terms of avionics, the Falcon 6X uses the new generation EASy III all-digital flight deck and an RDR4000 weather radar capable of detecting turbulence at greater distances than ever before.
The high-altitude flying Falcon 6X provides an ultra-smooth ride. The optimized cabin pressure and comfortable and spacious interior, with all the modern comforts, means you feel well-rested and rejuvenated, even after the longest of flights.