Dassault’s flagship Falcon 7X has notched another milestone with aircraft Serial Number 04, operated by Dasnair of Switzerland, having become the first to accumulate more than 1,000 flying hours. Since entering service in July 2007 the aircraft has carried more than 1,000 passengers, made 415 stops in 110 countries and has flown in excess of 400,000 miles.
Dassault Falcon 7X
CAE civil training and services group president Jeff Roberts arrived in Geneva Monday as his company announced a major expansion of its business aviation training center in Morristown, New Jersey. But for Roberts, EBACE is all about Europe, where he continues to sound a confident tone about business aviation despite some signs of economic hardship ahead.
Two months after launching the biggest, fastest and priciest Gulfstream ever, top executives for the U.S. business jet maker arrived at EBACE with a growing order book for their new G650 and sky-high optimism about the direction of the company overall.
Here yesterday Dassault introduced a new version of the Falcon 900 large business jet–the 900LX, which features a 4,800-nm range thanks to the addition of winglets.
Dassault today introduced the Falcon 900LX, a new version of the large business jet that features 4,800-nm NBAA IFR range thanks to the addition of winglets. With a 300-nm improvement in range, the $41 million Falcon 900LX is slated to replace the 900EX when it enters service in 2010. The all-composite winglets, which were originally created for the Falcon 2000LX, call for more wing reinforcement on the 900LX due to higher wing loading.
Dassault’s rollout on July 19 of the first Falcon 2000EX was a relatively quiet event, with little more than the weather to provide any semblance of drama. There was no flashy new paint job or band to provide music. And the tiny crowd consisted of little more than several dozen employees and members of the media. Even Charles Edelstenne, Dassault Aviation’s chairman, had more pressing affairs.
Remote-controlled model specialist Aviation Design has started offering 1/7th model kits of the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet and expects many of the customers to be pilots of full-size aircraft. EBACE Convention News was able to see the E10,000 ($15,500) model flying at Lausanne airport, on the north side of Lake Geneva, on Sunday.
Dassault Aviation is here at EBACE talking about new equipment options it has in the works or has already completed for its Falcon business jets, and is explaining what it is doing to speed up Falcon 7X completions.
The Falcon 7X will be the first Dassault business jet to be designed in a “plateau” organization, with all risk-sharing partners working in the same office for one year. Dassault executives expect this process to provide a smoother entry into production. Bruno Revellin-Falcoz, Dassault senior vice president, said maintenance requirements were also being integrated into the design from the start.
AIN has learned that Dassault has reduced the size of the Falcon 7X-dedicated facility extension the company plans to build at its Bordeaux-Mérignac plant. In September, Dassault announced plans for an 18-position assembly hall. The plant was to be built in two phases for a total area of 290,000 sq ft (excluding offices).