Dassault Aviation will roll out the first Falcon 6X on December 8 at its production facility in Bordeaux-Merignac, France, the company announced today. The program is thus firmly on track to achieve first flight early next year. This is “thanks to the hard work of the [6X] development team, which has steadily moved forward over the summer,” the French aircraft manufacturer said.
“Development of the 6X, including its Pratt & Whitney PW812D engine is right on schedule,” it added. “First flight is set for 2021 and certification and initial delivery are planned for 2022.”
Ground testing on the first flight-test 5,500-nm Falcon 6X is still ongoing, with electric, hydraulic, and fuel system tests having been completed. Ground fatigue and damage tolerance testing are also under way.
Meanwhile, the second and third flight-test aircraft are nearing final assembly, according to Dassault. Aircraft number three will also be outfitted with a full interior.