Dassault Aviation has reported progress on two of its planned business jets, with the Falcon 6X entering the final stage of flight trials and the Falcon 10X commencing its production phase.
Dassault’s Falcon 6X, an extra wide body twin aircraft, is beginning the final phase of its certification flight test campaign with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration, with the aim of starting service by mid-2023.
The Falcon 6X has undergone extensive testing over the last year, including extreme weather tests, high elevation flight trials and 50 test flights over five continents, covering some 50,000 nautical miles. In August, its Pratt & Whitney 812C engine received EASA certification, with FAA accreditation pending approval.
“The 6X has distinguished itself as an extremely remarkable aircraft, sailing through its certification campaign and consistently wowing pilots and engineers with its flawless performance,” said Eric Trappier, Dassault’s Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It will soon be impressing customers, too.”
On the other hand, the company is readying to produce initial subassemblies of its Falcon 10X, an ultra-long range business jet. Key components such as the aircraft’s landing gear have been manufactured and ready for assembly, and a first fully representative wing is also being prepared for static and fatigue testing. The jet’s Rolls-Royce 10X engine has also logged over 1,000 test hours.
“All the elements for another great Falcon are literally coming together in our various production facilities,” added Tappier. “This new aircraft, the largest purpose-built business jet on the market, will embody the latest technology and set a new benchmark for passenger experience.”
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