Dassault Aviation unveiled Monday its biggest and most advanced Falcon jet. The Falcon 5X is stated to be a new-generation business jet with new flight control system, new aerodynamics and other advanced technologies, many pioneered in Dassault’s military programs.
“The Falcon 5X is the new benchmark for the creative use of advanced technology in business aviation,” said Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
The Falcon 5X represents an important addition to the Falcon product line, expanding its offering in the large-cabin segment.
The new jet has a cabin height of six feet, six inches (1.98 m), an important consideration for passenger comfort on flights of 10 or 11 hours’ duration.
The 16-passenger aircraft has a range of 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km), connecting Los Angeles with London, Sao Paulo with Chicago, Johannesburg with Geneva or Paris with Beijing.
To be priced at about $45 million in 2013 dollars, the Falcon 5X is expected to make its first flight in the first quarter of 2015 and to achieve certification before the end of 2016.
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