“We have worked a lot to define the volume and to look at how the 7X is used for long flights, to find the most comfortable and efficient way to use [the new 5X],” said Olivier Villa, Dassault senior v-p for civil aircraft.
The cabin volume of the 5X is 1,770 cu ft compared to 1,550 cu ft on the 7X. The unfinished cabin interior height is 78 inches, which is four inches more than the 7X/900LX, and the maximum width is increased by 10 inches.
“At NBAA we have a full-size mockup,” he said. This is one of two mockups, the other one being designed with a more flamboyant (“racier”) interior. The latter, dubbed mockup two, will be ready by the end of this year and will be kept at Le Bourget in Paris and displayed at EBACE 2014 in Geneva, among other events.
Villa believes that the windows are a key feature of the new aircraft, with “30 percent more window area on the 5X compared to the 7X.” The cabin altitude will be only 3,900 feet when cruising at 41,000 feet, he said (the maximum cabin pressure would be at 6,000 feet cabin altitude, reached at 51,000 feet). Meanwhile, passengers will benefit from a 155-cu-ft baggage compartment with in-flight access and a second unpressurized baggage compartment.
“We’ve been working for two years on a real breakthrough on what you’ll see in the cabin,” said Jim Hurley, Dassault Falcon Jet v-p of sales. “The two most important things were cabin comfort and speed.” The cabin can sleep six and it features a skylight over the flight attendant working area/galley area.
Agnes Gervais, interior designer for Dassault, said, “It is a new and sleek design that gives the impression of space. The passenger will be wrapped in a cocoon.” Seats have also been completely redesigned with “an outer shell giving a feeling of protection.