The Falcon 8X is not only Dassault’s largest business jet; it also propels the OEM into the popular ultra-long-range arena, the segment that has experienced the most activity in the past few years. The 8X isn’t just a 7X with fuselage plugs, and it isn’t replacing the 7X; the newest Falcon stands on its own as the flagship of the French manufacturer’s fleet.
The 8X received EASA and FAA certification in June, and in September the first aircraft was delivered, to Greek operator Amjet. Production is ramping up, and while Dassault doesn’t disclose exact delivery schedules, in mid-October there were 11 Falcon 8Xs assembled and 14 in the completion stage, according to sales engineer Frédéric Recher. “We will deliver in 12 countries in the next few months,” he said.