EASA Approves New Dassault Falcon 2000 Models

 - March 14, 2013, 3:30 PM
European aviation authority EASA certified the Dassault Falcon 2000S–as well as as its leggier sibling, the Falcon 200XLS–this week. First deliveries of the 3,350-nm Falcon 2000S are expected to begin in the second quarter, while the 2000XLS will start shipping in the latter part of this year.

EASA certified the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS large-cabin business jets on Monday, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier announced today during the firm’s annual press event in Paris. The manufacturer previously predicted Falcon 2000S certification last year, while EASA’s nod for the Falcon 2000LXS was anticipated for the first half of this year. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second quarter for the 2000S and in the second half for the 2000LXS.

The Falcon 2000S is Dassault’s entry-level jet, with a 3,350-nm range, whereas its leggier sibling offers 4,000 nm. Both benefit from wing improvements that cut landing and takeoff distances. In addition, they have both been certified with the EASy II flight deck.

The improved cockpit, already flying on the Falcon 900 series, will be certified “within weeks” on the Falcon 7X, according to a company spokesman. FAA certification of the two new Falcon 2000 models is also just “a matter of weeks” away.