Australia has taken delivery of the first of
three Falcon 7X trijets it is acquiring from Dassault Aviation.
The other two aircraft are expected to be
delivered in the coming months.
The aircraft will be operated by the Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF) for government VIP service.
The Falcon 7X has a range of 5,950 nm / 11,000 km
which means that it can fly from Canberra to any
point in Asia nonstop, or link Canberra to Washington or London in
three-engine design provides additional safety margin, freeing
operators from twin-engine operating constraints when flying
intercontinental, transoceanic routes.
extremely honoured that Australia has once again demonstrated its
confidence in the Falcon product line,” said Eric Trappier,
Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation. “The RAAF already has decades
of successful experience operating Dassault aircraft, from the
Mirage III fighter to the Falcon 20 and Falcon 900 business jets.”
Australia has been a key Falcon market
for almost half a century. The country’s first business jet, the
Falcon 20, entered commercial service ‘Down Under’ in 1967, two
years after its global entry into service. The Falcon 20 entered
the inventory of the RAAF the same year (under the name Mystčre
20) and served in the RAAF’s transport and utility wing for 22
years before being replaced by the Falcon 900. The five-aircraft
Falcon 900 fleet remained in operation through the early 2000s.
Today, more than 120 Falcon aircraft, including over 50 Falcon 7Xs, are
currently flying with public and private operators in Australia
and other Asia-Pacific countries.