No new Falcon yet, but the Falcon 6X is on schedule

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies October 21, 2019 19:52

No new Falcon yet, but the Falcon 6X is on schedule

Dassault says that it is currently working on preliminary designs for a new Falcon business jet.

Speaking during the company’s press conference at the National Business Aviation Administration Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault aviation said that the new Falcon will expand the company’s horizons.

Trappier later confirmed that the company is planning to unveil the new aircraft in 2020. He also gave an update on the Falcon 6X, saying that it is progressing on target.

Dassault introduced the Falcon 6X in 2018, after cancelling the Falcon 5X late in 2017 following repeated issues with the Safran Silvercrest engines that were due to power it.

The Falcon 6X will use Pratt & Whitney PW800 series engines, the same engine family in use on Gulfstream’s G500 and G600.

Dassault says that the first Falcon 6X is nearing initial assembly and is on track for its first flight in 2021, and entry into service in 2022.

“Everything has been proceeding according to plan. The design was frozen earlier this year and the manufacturing process is well underway,” said Trappier. “Dassault Aviation and our global partners have the collaborative digital tools in place to continue to meet the benchmarks that were established when the program was announced.”

Meanwhile, the company has not ruled out working on a supersonic business jet, although it believes environmental issues need to be addressed before it does.

“We continue to hear a lot about supersonic aircraft, but we think major questions need to be answered before supersonic aircraft arrive. This includes how to meet environmental issues. Does it still make sense to rush into market until this is answered?” Trappier asked rhetorically.

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies October 21, 2019 19:52

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