A Dassault Falcon 7X earlier this month set a speed record from New York Teterboro airport to London City (LCY) airport, cruising at Mach 0.88 for most of the 3,465-nm trip.
At 8:04 a.m. local time on May 2, Dassault test pilot Philippe Deleume and Dassault operational pilot Olivier Froment took off with three passengers on board. The aircraft was fully equipped for normal operation with head-up display and enhanced vision system. Five hours and 54 minutes later, at 6:58 p.m. local time, the trijet touched down on the 4,000-foot runway at LCY. The data has been sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Lausanne, Switzerland for recognition as an official world record.
From LCY, the Falcon 7X provides the longest range of any business jet, according to Dassault Falcon, allowing it to serve destinations as distant as New York or Dubai. Flying from LCY’s short runway, it is limited in weight and thus in fuel. Therefore, on the outbound flight, it reached Teterboro in 7 hours 35 min, flying at its optimum long-range speed of Mach 0.80.
The Falcon 7X’s maximum range is 5,950 nm but, over shorter distances, it can cruise at speeds up to its maximum operating limit of Mach 0.90.