New Bench­mark

The 8X of­fers the best han­dling, fuel econ­omy, cabin sound lev­els and short field ca­pa­bil­ity of any large cabin busi­ness jet, along with the broad­est se­lec­tion of cabin con­fig­u­ra­tions avail­able in the in­dus­try – all para­mount con­sid­er­a­tions in to­day’s agg

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DAS­SAULT AVI­A­TION’S NEW FAL­CON 8X is off to a solid start in its quest to es­tab­lish a new bench­mark at the top of the large cabin busi­ness jet sec­tor. The com­pany’s new flag­ship en­tered service last Oc­to­ber and to­day, the ul­tra-long range jet is fly­ing in vir­tu­ally all ma­jor busi­ness mar­kets, from the Amer­i­cas to the Mid­dle East and In­dia. Pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in France and the United States are in full pro­duc­tion mode and ini­tial de­liv­er­ies to cus­tomers in Rus­sia and Asia are sched­uled in the com­ing weeks. “The smooth in­tro­duc­tion of our new Fal­con 8X, com­bined with its re­in­forced oper­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties, sug­gests it will be a big suc­cess in the mar­ket­place,” said Eric Trap­pier, Chair­man and CEO of Das­sault Avi­a­tion. “This bodes well not only for the fu­ture of the pro­gram but, most im­por­tantly, for the oper­a­tional ben­e­fits it will bring to our cus­tomers.”

The 6,450 nm/11,945 km Fal­con 8X pro­vides cus­tomers with in­creased range and cabin vol­ume com­pared to the Fal­con 7X from which it was de­rived. The ad­di­tional range allows it to com­fort­ably fly ul­tra-long in­tercon­ti­nen­tal routes from Asia to Europe in a sin­gle hop. In early May, a Fal­con 8X demon­stra­tion air­craft per­formed a non-stop flight from Sin­ga­pore to Lon­don con­nect­ing two of the largest busi­ness hubs in Asia and Europe.

The 8X also of­fers the best han­dling, fuel econ­omy, cabin sound lev­els and short field ca­pa­bil­ity of any large cabin busi­ness jet, along with the broad­est se­lec­tion of cabin con­fig­u­ra­tions avail­able in the in­dus­try – all para­mount con­sid­er­a­tions in to­day’s ag­gres­sive busi­ness world.

EX­TEN­SIVE TEST­ING EQUALS SU­PE­RIOR RE­LI­A­BIL­ITY

More­over, thanks to ex­ten­sive oper­a­tional feed­back from the 7X and a rig­or­ous two-year test cam­paign, the Fal­con 8X has come to market with fully ma­ture sys­tems and an ex­cep­tional level of re­li­a­bil­ity. Prov­ing tri­als utilised new en­durance test meth­ods, that sub­ject air­craft equip­ment and sys­tems to ex­tremes of vi­bra­tion, hu­mid­ity, tem­per­a­ture, pres­sure changes and other in-flight phe­nom­ena de­signed to ver­ify op­ti­mum op­er­a­tion over time.

Re­li­a­bil­ity was ad­di­tion­ally val­i­dated dur­ing a month long around-the-world test cam­paign in spring 2016. The 65 flight 55,000 nm cam­paign put the Fal­con 8X through ev­ery con­ceiv­able flight con­di­tion an op­er­a­tor could ex­pect to en­counter, from blis­ter­ing desert heat to ex­treme cold and hu­mid­ity, with a special em­pha­sis on cabin com­fort and con­nec­tiv­ity. Test re­sults showed the air­craft per­formed even better than ex­pected in sev­eral key ar­eas, in­clud­ing take-off dis­tance. The global tour also achieved a per­fect 100 per cent dis­patch rate.

“Our new Fal­con 8X flag­ship pro­vides the per­fect solution for op­er­a­tors who are look­ing for an op­ti­mum mix of range, op­er­at­ing econ­omy and fly­ing flex­i­bil­ity,” said Trap­pier. “We are con­vinced this will be a very de­sir­able air­craft.”

RE­IN­FORCED OPER­A­TIONAL CA­PA­BIL­I­TIES

In the six months the Fal­con 8X has been in service, oper­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity has been con­tin­u­ously up­graded, most re­cently through new ap­provals cov­er­ing flight in se­vere cross­wind con­di­tions (up to 30 knots) and op­er­a­tion at Lon­don City Air­port, one of the world’s most re­stric­tive air­fields.

The 8X has also been qual­i­fied with new equip­ment and service op­tions that yet fur­ther ex­pand its flight ca­pa­bil­i­ties. These in­clude:

- tem, the first head-up dis­play (HUD) sys­tem in busi­ness avi­a­tion to com­bine syn­thetic and en­hanced vi­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties in a sin­gle view. In ad­di­tion to en­sur­ing in­creased sit­u­a­tional aware­ness in all con­di­tions of op­er­a­tion, day and night, Fal­conEye will yield sub­stan­tial oper­a­tional im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing a 100-ft de­ci­sion height. Al­most all Fal­con 8X cus­tomers have signed up to use the Fal­conEye HUD; De­liv­ered with a light­weight, ul­tra-thin, por­ta­ble dis­play and a vast ar­ray of new app func­tion­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing weight and bal­ance mo­d­ule, elec­tronic cruise com­pu­ta­tion and Fal­con Per­for­mance, Fal­con Sphere II greatly re­duces the time and ef­fort necessary to prepare, man­age and resti­tute busi­ness jet mis­sions and moves op­er­a­tors even closer to the truly pa­per­less cock­pit;

en­ables pas­sen­gers to browse the in­ter­net, stream videos or video­con­fer­ence any­where in the world, over land or over wa­ter, as if they were in their of­fice or at home, us­ing In­marsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satel­lite network.

LUX­URY MEETS PER­FOR­MANCE: FAL­CON 8X OF­FERS LOW NOISE AND CABIN AL­TI­TUDE; HIGH AIR QUAL­ITY AND CON­NEC­TIV­ITY IS COM­PLETE IN THIS WI-FI EN­VI­RON­MENT, WHICH IS EQUIPPED WITH THE LAT­EST FALCONCABIN HD+ CABIN MANAGEMENT SYS­TEM

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