Today at EBACE 2014, Dassault took the wraps off the Falcon 8X–a 7X derivative with a 3.6-foot-longer fuselage (at 42.6 feet) and 500 nm more range (at 6,450 nm). The flagship 8X, priced at approximately $58 million (10 percent more than the Falcon 7X), is expected to fly in the first quarter of next year. Certification is expected in mid-2016, with deliveries beginning in the second half of that year.
The trijet will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D, an improved version of the 7X’s PW307. Combined with improved wing design, the new powerplant will make the 8X up to 35 percent more fuel efficient than any other aircraft in the ultra-long-range segment, according to Dassault.
Manufacturing of the first Falcon 8X is well under way. During a visit just before EBACE, AIN saw the first complete fuselage at the Biarritz factory and the first wing at Dassault’s Bordeaux Martignas production facility. The latter subassembly is to be delivered next month to the final assembly line in Bordeaux Mérignac. Ground testing of the first completed aircraft will begin later this year.