|Published: July 2017|
First 8X in China to be Delivered Shortly July 11, 2017 (Beijing, China): This year, the Beijing International Business Aviation Show (CIBAS) will feature the Falcon 8X, Dassault’s newest business jet in the ultra-long range class. Since entering into service last year, the 6,450 nm/11,945 km trijet has been delivered to operators in key markets around the world, including the United States, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and India. The first Chinese based aircraft will be handed over in the coming weeks.
“The Falcon 8X offers the range and airport performance to connect our Chinese customers with business hubs throughout Europe, North America and Africa, which is of primary importance here,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “And the feedback on our new flagship has been universally positive, especially cabin noise levels, which make it the quietest aircraft in its class.” With eight passengers and three crew members, the Falcon 8X is capable of connecting Beijing with New York, Hong Kong with London and Shanghai with Los Angeles. The aircraft features a cabin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) high, 2.34 m (7 ft 8 in) wide and 13 m (42 ft 8 in) long and offers customers the most diverse selection of cabin layouts on the market — more than 30 configurations in all. Three galley sizes are available — two with a crew-rest option — along with an extensive selection of passenger seating areas of varying lengths capable of supporting different lavatory layouts, including one with a shower.
In the first six months the Falcon 8X has been in service, operational capability has been continuously upgraded, most recently through new approvals covering flight in severe crosswind conditions (up to 30 knots) and operation at London City Airport, one of the world’s most restrictive airfields. The 8X has also been qualified with new equipment and service options that yet further expand its flight capabilities. These include:
- Dassault’s revolutionary FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first head-up display (HUD) system in business aviation to combine synthetic and enhanced vision capabilities in a single view. In addition to ensuring increased situational awareness in all conditions of operation, day and night, FalconEye will yield substantial operational improvements, including a 100-ft decision height, a feature which is planned to be certified next year. Almost all Falcon 8X customers have signed up to use the FalconEye HUD;
- Falcon Sphere II integrated electronic flight bag solutions. Delivered with a lightweight, ultra-thin, portable display and a vast array of new app functionalities, including Weight and Balance Module, Electronic Cruise Computation and Falcon Performance, Falcon Sphere II greatly reduces the time and effort necessary to prepare, manage and restitute business jet missions and moves operators even closer to the truly paperless cockpit;
- The new JetWave high-speed broadband antenna, which enables passengers to browse the internet, stream videos or videoconference anywhere in the world, over land or over water, as if they were in their office or at home, using Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network.
In addition to the Dassault Falcon 8X, the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center (999) will also exhibit a Falcon 2000LX in medevac configuration. The 999 aircraft is equipped with a full medevac kit suitable for any type of emergency evacuation mission, including treatment of endemics like the Ebola virus. It can also accommodate special devices like defibrillators electrocardiographs, echographs, a blood bank and an ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) unit.