Dassault Nearing Launch of New Bird
Dassault Falcon’s upcoming super-midsize (SMS) business jet, already known to have fly-by-wire flight controls and Rolls-Royce engines, remains an otherwise fluid project at this stage. Charles Edelstenne, chairman of Dassault Aviation, this morning at the NBAA Convention said that “other partners will be chosen before the end of next year,” at which time Dassault will reveal more details about the proposed airplane. The company is not yet ready to take orders, he added. Meanwhile, the Falcon 2000DX received its FAA and EASA certification papers last week, and deliveries of the 3,250-nm twinjet will begin early next year. Dassault is also looking at year-end for FAA and EASA certification of the winglet-equipped 2000LX, announced at EBACE in Geneva this spring, and the next delivery position for the airplane is in 2012. The 900EX will get winglets next, and Dassault expects they will boost range by 200 nm and reduce carbon emissions.