Large Cabin Jet for the Super Mid-Size Market

Dassault Falcon has launched the Falcon 2000S, bringing a large cabin aircraft to the super mid-sized business jet market. The 3,350 nm Falcon 2000S will feature inboard slats, high-Mach blended winglets, a new generation PW308C engine that produces fewer emissions, an entirely new BMW Group DesignworksUSA interior and redesigned cockpit aesthetics along with the EASy II flight deck.

It is expected to be certified in the end of 2012 with deliveries beginning in early 2013.

According to John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon, it was an accomplishment to design an aircraft that burns 10% less fuel than aircraft 20% smaller.

With full fuel, the Falcon 2000S will have the largest payload in its class at 1,850 lbs; a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 41,000 lbs with a balanced field length of 4,450 feet which is up to 500 feet less than competing aircraft, says the company.

The 2000S is available in a standard floor plan with seating for ten passengers, along with three elegant color and material schemes that Dassault has designed in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

The Falcon 2000S will be delivered standard with a new Rockwell Collins Cabin Management System that places more controls and convenience into the hands of its passengers making the transition from the office to the aircraft as seamless as possible.

In addition to saving weight, the new system will provide high definition viewing for Blu-ray media on wide-screen monitors of up to 19 inches.

Functions can be controlled anywhere in the aircraft via an iPod touch or iPhone with a special application that allows control of video playback, operation of the optional electronic window shades and adjustments to lights and temperature, among others.

The first Falcon 2000S flew on February 17, 2011 in Mérignac, France. Since that time, 40 flights have been flown with 100 flight hours accumulated. The test campaign is expected to conduct 500 flight hours before certification.

The announcement was made Monday, May 16.

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Rakesh Raman