In June 2015, Dassault Aviation unveiled the Falcon 5X, a new addition to its large cabin, long-range business jets, at its Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly facility in France. This new Falcon business jet claims to offer the largest cabin cross section out of all current business jets, and has a 9,630km range and speeds of 105 knots.
The aircraft also includes a redesigned cockpit equipped with third-generation Dassault EASy flight deck, an ultra-efficient wing, a digital flight control system derived from the Rafale fighter jet, as well as aircraft and engine health monitoring systems. Brand new Snecma Silvercrest engines, which are said to offer 15% higher fuel efficiency than other powerplants in its thrust class, will power the Falcon 5X.
The concept of the Falcon 5X was revealed back in October of 2013 at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas. Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier is proud of the new aircraft and is excited to finally unveil it. He said in a statement: "The Falcon 5X was designed to answer operator demand for an aircraft in the 5,000nm range that could provide more space and comfort than existing large body jets, while combining the handling qualities, the low-speed performance and operating economics, which are the hallmark of Falcons.”
The final assembly and testing of the aircraft are currently taking place at the Mérignac facility, which has so far delivered more than 8,000 civil and military aircraft. Trappier also said: "Customers have already responded to the new aircraft with enthusiasm and we expect it to become every bit as popular as the 7X, the fastest-selling Falcon we've ever built." Dassault expects to conduct the maiden flight of the Falcon 5X later this year.
Headquartered in Paris, Dassault Aviation is a French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets and is a subsidiary of Dassault Group. The company was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch as Société des Avions Marcel Bloch, but after World War, II he changed his name to Marcel Dassault and the company name eventually became Dassault Aviation.
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