Dassault Expands Use of Winglets, Adds Them to 2000EX
Dassault revealed a new Falcon 2000 with winglets at EBACE in Geneva yesterday. The new 2000LX, which is based on the company’s popular 2000EX, will provide 200 nm more range than its sibling. According to Aviation Partners chairman and CEO Joe Clark, whose company will be providing the blended winglets, the aircraft will be able to fly 4,000 nm at Mach 0.80 at 41,000 feet. The 66-inch-tall winglets add 6.75 inches to the wingspan of the Falcon 2000 and 275 pounds to its empty weight. Mtow will remain the same, while range increases 5 percent. Dassault expects certification of the 2000LX by the end of this year or early next year. It will replace the 2000EX starting with 2010 deliveries. Customers already holding 2000EX orders scheduled for delivery in 2008 and 2009 can choose the winglets as an option, for an additional $550,000. Aviation Partners will also retrofit older Falcon 2000s, to S/N 1. The cost will also be $550,000 and installation time is estimated to be about 15 days, once the company has gained some experience doing the modification, said Clark.