Capable of flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Beijing or Paris to Singapore, the Dassault 8X is poised to challenge the Gulfstream G650 stranglehold on the ultra-long-range aviation market.
French luxury jet builder threw down the gauntlet at EBACE in Geneva by announcing the launch of their 19-seat Falcon 8X. The 8X is a stretched version of the manufacturer's very popular 7X model, and it boast a range of 6,450 nautical miles, which is 500 nm more than the 7X. Its cabin at 42.67ft (excluding cockpit and baggage) is the longest in the Falcon family, while it offers more than 30 distinct layout allowing buyers to configure the aircraft the way that best suits their needs. All 8X will have WiFi connectivity and be equipped with Dassault's latest FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system.
Power will be generated by three Pratt & Whitney Canada turbofans that, when combined with an improved wing design will make the 8X the most fuel efficient ultra-long-range aircraft, promising fuel efficiency improvement of 35% over its competitors. The Falcon 8X cockpit will feature a new generation EASy flight deck and offer an optional wide-screen head-up display, integrating enhanced and synthetic vision for vastly improved situational awareness in low-visibility conditions.
Dassault expects certification for the Falcon 8X in mid-2016 and deliveries to begin later that year. The 8X is expected to be priced around $58 million.