SAINT-CLOUD, France , March 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Dassault Falcon delivered the first Falcon 7X to China on March 5th . Two more will be delivered to mainland China by the end of this month.
"This is a significant milestone for the Falcon 7X program and Dassault. The time has arrived for China to emerge as a strong market for business aviation," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "In anticipation of this growth, Dassault has increased customer support significantly and increased marketing activity throughout China and Asia ." Last month, Dassault delivered the first Falcon 7X to India .
Dassault's Falcon 7X demonstrator recently completed a two week marketing tour through Asia and Australia culminating in its first appearance at the Singapore Air Show. During that time, 28 legs were flown over sixteen days with five off days. The aircraft accumulated 76 hours of pilot and executive demonstration flight time. "The response was very positive," added Rosanvallon.
The 5,950 nm Falcon 7X can connect Beijing with Paris , Sydney and San Francisco . It can also connect Shanghai with Auckland , Seattle , and London .
Last month, the Falcon 7X BMW Interior Option was awarded the prestigious "Good Design" award by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design. The award noted features including "uncompromising comfort for temperature monitoring, thermal controls and custom-crafted interior furnishings."
The Falcon 7X is the first and only business jet to incorporate a digital flight control system which provides more positive, operational safety and a smoother flight. The aircraft also comes standard with the award-winning EASy flight deck. The EASy flight deck is designed to reduce pilot workload and improve pilot interaction through elevated situational awareness in the cockpit.
Announced at the Paris Air Show in 2001, the Falcon 7X was the first large cabin jet to be simultaneously certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 27, 2007 . It's powered by three highly reliable and efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A engines which help to give the Falcon 7X a greater airport performance and increased peace of mind during long over water flights. The Falcon 7X also has 15-30% greater fuel efficiency than other aircraft in the large cabin, long range class. With a range of 5,950 nm (eight passengers, M.80 with NBAA IFR reserves), the aircraft can comfortably connect 95% of the commonly used business aviation city pairs worldwide.
About Dassault Falcon
Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across 5 continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as a complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2000 Falcon jets have been delivered to more than 67 countries worldwide.
The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes three tri-jets-the Falcon 900EX, 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX.
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To date, the 5,950 nm Falcon 7X fleet has accumulated more than 57,000 flight hours, operating in over 25 countries with orders coming from more than 40 countries.
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The tour included 89 flights; up to 12 legs a day were flown with only three “off days” during the three week tour.