Dassault has secured European type certification for its 8X business jet, and is preparing the ultra-long-range flagship for service entry early in the fourth quarter. US approval, meanwhile, is expected in the coming weeks.
The trijet was launched in May 2014, as a stretched and longer-range version of the now nine-year old Falcon 7X. Key differences also include an extra fuel tank within the centre fuselage section, which enables the 8X to carry up to 15,800kg (34,900lb) of fuel – compared with 14,500kg carried by the 7X; a redesigned ultra-efficient wing derived from the 7X; and more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines.
Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation chairman and chief executive, says the company has “broken new ground” with the 8X. “Not only did we meet customer demand for an aircraft combining increased range and cabin volume, with the technological prowess of the popular 7X, but we were able to get it to market fully mature and tested in a remarkably short period of time, and exactly within our production schedule.”
In late April, 8X serial number 3 completed a global proving tour, designed to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities under different conditions of operation, with a particular focus on cabin comfort and connectivity.