Following its high profile concept launch back in 2007, the much-anticipated first Falcon 5X was finally unveiled to the public last week.
(We were lucky enough to be one of the industry guests invited for a sneak preview a few weeks beforehand. See: A sneak preview of the Dassault Falcon 5X).
The Falcon 5X is the first in a series of new generation long range business jets to be rolled out by French manufacturer Dassault. And 400 people attended a dramatic unveiling last week of the first completed aircraft, at Dassault’s final assembly base in Bordeaux-Merignac, France.
It has been 40 years since the first Falcon, the Falcon 20, took to the air for the first time. Since then, the Falcon range has steadily evolved, with Dassault’s current flagship, the Falcon 7X, proving a big success story for them and a very fast seller. So expectations are also high for the 5X.
Read more: The Falcon family.
What makes the Falcon 5X unique?
For this latest luxury business jet, Dassault has put a great deal of focus on passenger comfort.
The 5X features the widest cabin in its class, measuring 11.8 metres long by 2.18 metres wide.
It also has a stand-up cabin, offering a ceiling height of 1.98 metres.
The window design is also a notable feature. In addition to side windows that are 10% larger than those of the Falcon 7X, the real novelty of the 5X is an industry-first skylight window, on the ceiling of the aircraft.
The idea is to flood the entrance of the jet with natural light. It also allows flight attendants more access to natural light, even when the aircraft is on the ground.
It may also appeal to amateur astronomers, looking to observe the constellations during night flights!
Learn more about private jet windows.
But it’s not all about looks with the 5X. With a price tag of US $45 million, the aircraft also offers impressive flight performance credentials.
It has a nonstop flight range of 5,200nm, making it suitable for the world’s most travelled long range city pairs, including Moscow to Dubai.
The Falcon 5X will be equipped with a new ultra-efficient wing, an advanced digital flight control system derived from the Rafale fighter jet, and an innovative Snecma Silvercrest engine – giving 15% more fuel efficiency than any other engine in its class.
The maiden flight of the Falcon 5X is expected later this summer, before certification is completed in the US and Europe.
We’re also closely following the evolution of the Falcon 8X, which is currently continuing its testing program. The Falcon success story looks set to continue…
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