Dassault Introduces Lower-cost Falcon 2000S
Dassault unveiled its latest business jet–the Falcon 2000S–today in Geneva on the eve of the EBACE show. The new twinjet is very much aligned with the tough economic times, being a lower-cost derivative of the Falcon 2000 that replaces the slow-selling DX model, and it might even steal some sales from competitors’ smaller super-midsize jets with its pricetag “under $25 million.” It retains the Falcon 2000LX’s cabin size, but its range has been curtailed to 3,350 nm (though still 100 nm more than the DX). However, the Falcon 2000S is not just a simplified DX. Inboard slats have been added to the wing, which reduce the approach speed by 10 knots, to 108 knots. Combined with the now-standard autobrake, takeoff distance decreases to 4,450 feet (at the 41,000-pound mtow), and landing distance drops to 2,600 feet (at typical landing weight). The 2000S keeps the winglets introduced on the LX for fuel efficiency. Its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C has a new Talon II combustor that cuts nitrous oxide emissions by 20 percent. The first 2000S achieved its maiden flight on February 17, and certification is pegged for the fourth quarter of next year. First delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013.