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Dassault Showcasing Falcon 7X and 2000S at ABACE 2015

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Dassault Aviation will feature the Falcon 7X very long range trijet and the new Falcon 2000S short-field twin at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), taking place this week (14-16 April) at Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China.

China is one of the worlds fastest selling business jet markets and a major destination for Falcon aircraft with about 40 Falcons currently in operation in the country.

Although new sales activity in China was down in 2014, deliveries for Falcons remained very strong, with 8 aircraft entering service, said Oliver Villa, Senior VP, Civil aircraft at Dassault Aviation. We are still seeing strong demand for our Falcon 7X, a trend we expect to continue with the new ultra long range Falcon 8X and very large body Falcon 5X as those recently introduced aircraft progress through development. We are also encouraged by strong Chinese interest in the new Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS short-field models, certified in early 2013, which demonstrates the increased maturity of the Chinese market.

With 35 units in service, China has become the second largest market, behind the United States, for the Falcon 7X. The 5,950 nm/11,020 km 7X can connect Shanghai directly with destinations throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as most of Europe and the Western United States.

Featuring advanced systems derived largely from military aircraft and an ultra-quiet, roomy interior that allows passengers to disembark fresh and relaxed after a 13 hour flight, the 7X offers operating economy and versatility, including the ability to serve ultra confined, elevated and hot airfields that are typically inaccessible to large jets. Last year, the 7X completed trials in Daocheng, China (altitude: 14,470 feet), that will allow it to operate the worlds highest commercial airport.

These features help explain why the 7X is the fastest selling Falcon ever. More than 250 units have left the assembly line since the model was certified in 2007.

The new Falcon 8X and very large body Falcon 5X are expected to follow in the 7Xs footsteps. Derived from the 7X, the 6,450 nm/12,000 km Falcon 8X made its first flight on 6 February 2015 and is due to begin deliveries in the second half of 2016. It will feature the longest Falcon cabin while offering the same advanced flight deck technology and operating flexibility as the 7X.

Rollout of the all-new Falcon 5X is anticipated in a few weeks and first flight will follow this summer.

Dassaults two new Falcon 2000S and 2000LXS wide body twins are also ideal for Chinese market conditions. The 3,350 nm/6,205 km 2000S is the new entry level jet in the Falcon family. Equipped with a full slate of standard features, including upgraded EASy II avionics, FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system and a brand new cabin design, it brings large cabin comfort to the super mid-size segment.

The 4,000 nm/7,410 km Falcon 2000LXS combines the short field performance of the 2000S with the longer range capabilities of the 2000LX. The aircraft features the same inboard slats and winglets as the 2000S model, and has a balanced field length of 4,675 ft /1,425 m (SL, ISA) at 42,800 lb of MTOW.

The Falcon line is rounded out by the long range Falcon 900LX trijet. Equipped with Honeywell TFE731-60 engines and a state-of-the art EASy II flight deck, the 900LX offers 7% more range than the Falcon 900EX EASy, which it replaced in 2010.

Dassault, Shanghai

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