Dassault Aviation has rolled back the curtains
on the ultra long range Falcon 8X, the company's new flagship and
the latest addition to the growing Falcon business jet family.
Unveiled at Dassault's Bordeaux-Merignac
facility before an audience of customers, operators, industrial
partners and representatives of certification authorities, the 8X
will offer the greatest range and the longest cabin in the Falcon
Announced in May 2014 , the Falcon 8X builds on
the advanced performance and technology of the popular 7X long
range trijet. It will offer a range of 6,450 nm (11,945 km) and a
cabin 3.5 feet longer than the 7X.
Final assembly and testing of the 8X is taking
place at the Charles Lindbergh hall at
Bordeaux-Merignac. The facility was built to handle production of
the Falcon 7X, and the 8X will draw on the same advanced digital
design and manufacturing techniques pioneered with the 7X.
Falcon 8X wing mating and engine installation
were completed in July and first power up occurred shortly after.
Ground tests concluded in November. The first engine run up took
place in early December and the aircraft is on track for a maiden
flight in the first quarter of 2015.
A total of three aircraft will be used in the
flight test and certification campaign.
Deliveries are expected to
begin in the second half of 2016.
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