(Little Rock, Arkansas, November 23, 2010) – Dassault yesterday delivered the 100th Falcon 7X during a ceremony at its completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The aircraft was delivered to a Brazilian financial services company.
“We promised to design and build the most technically advanced and best flying aircraft in the industry and we’ve already achieved that 100 times,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “During that time, feedback from pilots and passengers alike has been very positive. Pilots appreciate in particular the digital flight control system which makes the Falcon 7X the easiest and most rewarding large business jet to fly. The superb cabin environment is praised by all passengers for its comfort and impressive stability. They appreciate the incredibly smooth ride as well as the brightness and library quiet interior.”
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. The fleet leader has logged more than 3,000 flight hours since its delivery mid 2007. “The high usage rate (higher than other Falcons) demonstrates that the Falcon 7X is a very active part of many flight departments,” said Jacques Chauvet, Senior Vice President of Customer Service.
The Falcon 7X is the only long range business jet with FAA approval to use the London City airport. More than 200 orders have been placed and type certification received from 16 authorities.
The Falcon 7X has the longest range of any Falcon business jet and is the most fuel efficient jet in its class. Since its entry into service in 2007, the 7X cabin has set a new standard for business jets. The cabin has 28 windows which are 10% bigger than previous Falcons. It also features a low in flight cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, even while cruising at an altitude of 51,000 ft, and an advanced temperature control system that maintains the environment to within one degree throughout the entire cabin. Internal sound level has been reduced to 52 dB which is the result of breakthroughs in design, materials and cushioned engine mounts.
First announced at the Paris Air Show in 2001, the Falcon 7X is the first business jet with a digital flight control system and was simultaneously certified by both the EASA and the FAA on April 27, 2007. It features the award-winning EASy Flight Deck and is powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A engines. Its 5,950 nm range (eight passengers, M.80 with NBAA IFR reserves) can comfortably connect 95% of the commonly used business aviation city pairs.
Dassault Falcon Backgrounder:
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 five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the 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, 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets — the Falcon 900EX EASy, 900LX, and the 7X—as well as the twin-engine 2000LX.