In March 2018, Dassault Aviation presented the Falcon 6X business jet - according to the company, the most spacious, advanced and versatile twin-engine aircraft in business aviation. The new aircraft with a range of 5500 nautical miles will make its first flight in early 2021, and deliveries are scheduled for 2022nd.
Critical design review of Dassault’s Falcon 6X was completed this month and the aircraft is on track for entry into service in 2022, the company said on Monday at EBACE 2019. Meanwhile, manufacture of major parts has commenced, with assembly of the first aircraft expected early next year and first flight in 2021.
“Completing the design review this month and releasing the aircraft to the manufacturing process is a significant milestone,” said Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier. “It demonstrates our confidence in the airframe and engine design as well as in the collaborative process we have put in place with our global partners.”
For the new jet engines selected Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800. The Falcon 6X will receive the largest, quietest and most comfortable passenger cabin compared to any aircraft in its class and the largest cabin size among Falcon business jets. It will be equipped with the industry's most advanced digital flight control and cabin systems.
“We wanted to push the boundaries even further with this new aircraft to provide the best possible flight experience using modern aviation know-how,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “The Falcon 6X will give you a combination of range, comfort, and features that no other business jet can match with a large cabin, ensuring fully mature systems and a proven powerplant’’
The Falcon 6X is 6 feet and 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and 8 feet 6 inches (2.58 meters) wide — the tallest and widest cross-section in a specially built business jet — and almost 40 feet 8 inches long (12.3 m). It can accommodate 16 passengers in three separate lounge areas, which provides space for several configurations, including a large entrance area and a crew rest compartment and a spacious rear lounge.
Each element of the style and design of the cabin was completely rethought, which was the result of an extensive review of customer preferences and materials of Dassault Aviation's own design studio. Also in the cabin, there is a significant amount of natural light thanks to 29 very large windows, including a unique ceiling in the galley - the first in business aviation designed to provide additional lighting in the area, usually left without natural light.
“The industry has been moving towards ever wider and higher interiors, and customers told us what they wanted most in our new Falcons was more space,” continued Trappier. “So we designed the Falcon 6X from the cabin out, making it as passenger-centric as we could while still delivering the high performance and other flying qualities that customers value in Falcons.”
The aircraft is also equipped with one of the industry's best noise suppression systems, which is based on extensive experience with the new Falcon 8X, as well as the completely new cabin and third generation of on-board equipment EASy III. The Falcon 6X will come with a full package of equipment, including the FalconSphere II electronic logbook (EFB) and the revolutionary FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first head-up-display that combines improved and synthetic vision.
“There is still today a strong market need for a brand new long-range aircraft with a very large cabin. The Falcon 6X will be best value for money in the 5,000 nm segment, a class all its own.” concluded Trappier, and also noted that after problems with 5X, most customers switched from it to 7X and 8X, as they “did not want to wait.” But now some of them enter into contracts with the transition to 6X. He expects some of them to be completed in the next few days. The price of the new jet will be about the same as that of the 5X - $ 47 million.