One of the big stories of last year’s NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) convention in Las Vegas was the unveiling of the Falcon 5X. Dassault Aviation introduced their new long range jet, the smaller brother of the Falcon 7X, and it’s been much-heralded as the business jet that’s designed to set new standards in comfort and performance.
Aside from its typical design that sets the Falcon series apart from other business jets, the Falcon 5X will have what will be the largest cabin on the market with a height of 1.98m and a width of 2.58m. This results in a wider aisle and more seating space for the passengers.
Dassault Aviation’s CEO Eric Trappier explained “One of the measures of an international business jet is how the passenger feels upon arrival”.
Equipped with innovative features like a ‘skylight’, an improved cabin management system and the latest noise cancellation methods, the 5X ticks many boxes for the private jet user.
Featuring the ability of accommodating 16 passengers in total the 5X has range of up to 5,200nm (9600Km) at a speed of Mach 0.80 (609 mph) while carrying 8 passengers.
Dassault also claims to lower the fuel use of the 5X by nearly 50%, using the newly innovated Snecma Silvercrest engines. It thereby offers one of the most economic aircraft on the market.
The 5X will be able to operate out of challenging airports like London City, in addition to serving typical routes like New York to Moscow or Geneva to Johannesburg.
Set to have its first flight in 2015 and the EASA and FAA certifications before the end of 2016, the Falcon 5X aims to set new standards in the business jet market – putting more focus on the comfort of the passengers than ever before.
It’s certainly an impressive aircraft and has created quite a buzz. We’re looking forward to seeing what our clients make of it when it hits the charter market a few years from now.