Dassault Aviation unveiled its long-awaited Falcon 5X at the company’s static display here at NBAA 2013 yesterday afternoon. “Some of you have come a long way,” Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon said in welcoming the 200 or so attendees to the company’s pavilion. “I assure you, you will not be disappointed.”
Then, after a review of the company’s highlights in this, its 50th anniversary year, he invited Serge Dassault, chairman and CEO of Dassault Group, and Charles Edelstenne, former chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, to unveil a scale model. Amidst a swirl of smoke bathed in lavender and white light, the pair pulled aside the white fabric, revealing the newest member of the Falcon jet family, with a host of features the company believes will set new standards for business aircraft (see pages 76B-C for more details).
Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier announced an “introductory offer: fully equipped, just under $45 million in today’s dollars.” He continued, “We have started to explain what is the 5X, [and our customers] are extremely satisfied by what they have heard. Let them think about it, and I can expect orders in the coming days.”
Then a full-scale cabin mockup was opened for inspection. Even inside the pavilion, the 14 windows created a bright and spacious cabin, accentuated by a skylight over the entryway.
Following the event, Rosanvallon told AIN, “It was 12 years ago when we introduced the 7X at Paris. Now introducing this on the 50th anniversary of Dassault Falcon is a great event. We’re looking forward to the next 50 years.”