Dassault Aviation Reveals First Falcon 8X

Written by thomas · Filed Under Aeronautics News 

December 18, 2014


Next step: maiden flight in first quarter 2015

BORDEAUX MERIGNAC, France, Dec. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dassault
Aviation today rolled back the curtains on the ultra long range Falcon
8X, the company’s new flagship and the latest addition to the growing
Falcon business jet family.

Unveiled at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac facility before an audience of
customers, operators, industrial partners and representatives of
certification authorities, the 8X will offer the greatest range and the
longest cabin in the Falcon line, along with the most extensive
selection of cabin configurations available on any executive jet.

Announced in May of this year at European Business Aviation Convention
& Exhibition (EBACE), the Falcon 8X builds on the advanced performance
and technological prowess of the popular 7X long range trijet, the most
innovative and fastest selling Falcon ever. The 8X will offer a range
of 6,450 nm (11,945 km) – and a cabin 3.5 feet longer than the 7X while
affording the same low operating economics and remarkable operating
flexibility for which all Falcons are known.

“Dassault’s tradition of innovation and excellence helps explain the
success of the Falcon 7X. More than 250 aircraft have been built in the
seven years since service introduction, and demand remains strong. We
anticipate a similarly bright future for the 8X.” said Eric Trappier,
Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

Final assembly and testing of the 8X is taking place at the
state-of-the-art Charles Lindbergh hall at Merignac. The facility was
built to handle production of the Falcon 7X, and the 8X will draw on
the same advanced digital design and manufacturing techniques pioneered
with the 7X.

More than 8,000 Dassault civil and military aircraft, including 2,300
Falcons, have taken to the air from Merignac since it opened in 1949.

Wing mating and engine installation on the first Falcon 8X were
completed in July and first power up occurred shortly after. Ground
tests, including flight control system testing, vibration tests and
fuel system testing, concluded in November. The first engine run up
took place in early December and the aircraft is on track for a maiden
flight in the first quarter of 2015.

“We are extremely happy with progress on our new Falcon flagship,” said
Olivier Villa, Senior Vice President, Civil Aircraft, Dassault
Aviation. “The program is right on schedule and all systems are
performing exactly as designed.”

A total of three aircraft, including one fully outfitted with a cabin
interior, will be used in the flight test and certification campaign.
Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2016.

Falcon 8X: Setting a New Cabin Standard

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 the most
diverse selection of cabin layouts on the market. More than 30
configurations will be available. Customers will be able to choose from
three galley sizes – two with a crew-rest option – and lounges of
varying lengths capable of supporting a range of lavatory layouts,
including a lav with shower.

With eight passengers and three crew, the Falcon 8X will be capable of
flying 6,450 nm at M.80 non-stop. 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 8X will be equipped with a panoply of innovative onboard systems
largely proven on the 7X, including an enhanced version of the 7X’s
Digital Flight Control System. It will also come with a redesigned
cockpit featuring an optional combined synthetic/enhanced vision
head-up display.

Like the 7X, the Falcon 8X will be capable of approaches up to 6
degrees, allowing it to serve challenging airports such as London City
Airport; and Lugano, Switzerland that are normally not accessible to
large cabin aircraft. The aircraft will have a balanced field length of
about 6,000 ft and an approach speed at typical landing weight of 107

Falcon 8X Typical City Pairs (8 pax, 3 crew M.80, 85% Boeing Annual
Winds, NBAA Reserves):

— Beijing – Los Angeles
— Hong Kong – London
— London – Cape Town
— Mumbai – Sydney
— Sao Paulo – Los Angeles
— Madrid – Buenos Aires
— London – Sao Paulo
— Moscow – Los Angeles
— New York – Tel Aviv

The 8X will also be able to perform an extensive list of one-leg
missions, including Beijing to New York, Hong Kong to Seattle and New
York to Dubai.

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