Dassault Aviation has introduced a business jet that features a taller cabin for extra comfort to help it compete with long-range private jets from Gulfstream and Bombardier models.
The Falcon 5X will seat as many as 16 and has a typical range of 5,200 nautical miles, linking Los Angeles with London or Dubai to New York, Paris-based Dassault Aviation said jet will retail for $45 million USD.
The cabin will measure six-and-a-half feet at its highest point, the tallest for aircraft made specifically for business aviation, and the cross section will be the widest, said John Rosanvallon, the president of Dassault Falcon Jet. The private jet will have more cabin area than the larger current Falcon 7X flagship that can span 6,000 nautical miles, and will compete with the Gulfstream G450 and Bombardier’s Global 5000, he said.
“We’re starting a whole new generation of cabin,” Rosanvallon said. “This market segment in the 5,000 nautical mile range, mid-40s in terms of price and new, much more comfortable cabin was a segment that really needed some attention.”
The 5X, which is scheduled for first flight in 2015, reflects the change in the business-jet market after the last recession, with companies seeking to fly farther in roomier planes. Deliveries for large-cabin aircraft will grow more than 10 percent this year, while smaller jets will decline, according to a Honeywell International survey.
Dassault had begun designing a smaller aircraft before the recession and scrapped it in favor a larger jet to meet demand, Rosanvallon said. Dassault expects to receive regulatory approval for the jet in 2016 ahead of first customer hand-overs in 2017. Three planes will be involved in flight trials.
“We believe passengers will simply love this cabin and the capability of this airplane,” said Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, during a mock-up presentation of the plane. The aircraft “will occupy a sweet spot in terms of long-range capability and operational flexibility,” he said.
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