Dassault Aviation will exhibit its Falcon 8X long-range trijet and Falcon 2000LXS at the Singapore Airshow which opens Feb. 15. Also on show at the Dassault static display will be a full-scale mockup of its Falcon 6X extra-widebody twin, soon to enter service.
The ultra-long range Falcon 10X is set to join the fleet in 2025. “Singapore’s dynamism and geographic location make it an ideal venue for showcasing the cutting edge business jets that we offer,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman/CEO Eric Trappier. “We saw great sales activity in the Asia Pacific region last year, especially in Australasia and Southeast Asia, and significant interest across our entire product line.”
The 6,450 nm (11,945 km) Falcon 8X has been a leading seller in the Asia/Pacific since the first aircraft was delivered in the region five years ago. The 8X can fly non-stop from Hong Kong to London, Singapore to Zurich or Beijing to New York yet land at challenging airports like London City. The aircraft’s cabin is the quietest of any business jet on the market.
The 4,000 nm (7,410 km) Falcon 2000LXS has also proven popular with corporate customers in the Asia Pacific region, with more than 40 of the versatile twins currently in service in the region. The 2000LXS offers a short-field capability comparable to smaller midsize business jet models but with a range and comfort level far better than those aircraft. It can fly non-stop from Singapore to Sydney or Singapore to Dubai.
Equipped with a cabin 2.58 m (102 inches) wide, 1.98 m (6 feet 6 inches) high and 12.30 m (40 feet 4 inches) long, the 5,500 nm (10,200 km) Falcon 6X will fly non-stop from Singapore to Johannesburg, Beijing to San Francisco, or London to Los Angeles. Its advanced technological features include a new-generation Digital Flight Control System designed to control all moving surfaces. The 6X features the quietest, widest and tallest cabin of any purpose built business jet currently flying.
Falcon 6X development is proceeding smoothly and the aircraft is on target for certification and entry into service by the end of 2022. The aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D engine received Canadian certification late last year, with EASA and FAA certification expected to follow shortly.
The cabin of the ultra-long range Falcon 10X will be 2.77 m (9 feet 1 inch) wide, 2.03 m (6 feet 8 inches) high and 16.4 m (53 feet 10 inches) long—even larger than some regional jets.
The 7,500 nm (13,890 km) range aircraft will fly nonstop from Singapore to London or San Francisco, Shanghai to New York, or Sydney to Los Angeles. The detailed design for the new jet is now complete and parts production will begin this year.
Dassault Aviation has been reinforcing the level of maintenance, repair and overhaul service available for the 100-plus Falcons now operating in the Asia Pacific region. The company’s wholly owned ExecuJet MRO Services unit, acquired in 2019, is building a 144,000 sq. ft. facility in Kuala Lumpur that will more than double capacity at that location. The facility will open in the second half of 2023.
The Kuala Lumpur base recently performed its first C-check on a Falcon 2000LXS, joining ExecuJet MRO facilities in Perth, Sydney and Dubai that are already authorized to perform heavy maintenance on Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 aircraft. In the second quarter of this year, ExecuJet MRO will open a 163,000 sq. ft. heavy maintenance base at Dubai World Central, adjacent to a recently opened line maintenance base.
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