Dassault Aviation announced today the certification of the Falcon 6X business jet by EASA and the FAA. The certifications conclude a more than two-year-long test campaign during which 1,500 flight hours were logged worldwide. It is a significant step to entry into service for the Falcon 6X, with the first units undergoing final completion.
“The certification of the Falcon 6X is a remarkable milestone for Dassault Aviation. We would like to recognize the EASA and FAA certification teams for their commitment in this demanding process and our customers for their confidence. The Falcon 6X is the first brand-new business jet to comply with the latest regulations, which will enhance the safety and security of all new aircraft,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “The 5,500 nm / 10,200 km Falcon 6X combines the best qualities of Dassault Aviation’s world-leading business and fighter aircraft expertise to create the longest-range jet in its class with unparalleled passenger comfort and maximum mission flexibility”.
Given how strict certifications have become, this is a milestone Dassault can rightly be proud of, despite the pandemic-induced delays. Moreover, the Falcon 6X emerged after the 5X failed because of the SAFRAN Silvercrest engine. SAFRAN ended up paying Dassault $280m in damages.
Dassault launched the 6X in December 2017. The 6X is a stretched version of the 5X and uses PW800 series engines (as does the Gulfstream G500/G600). The 6X has a range of 5,500NM and a maximum speed of Mach 0.9 with normal cruise at 0.85. A key element of the 6X is the widest cabin in its class, only smaller than its forthcoming Falcon 10X larger brother in the purpose-built business jet segment. This makes the 6X the class leader for the large cabin business jet segment.
The Bottom Line
Despite pandemic delays, the Falcon 6X has arrived, with its larger brother, the Falcon 10X, soon to follow. Dassault is renewing its product family and positioning itself to more effectively compete with Gulfstream and Bombardier at the top of the business jet market. Competition in business jets has become even more intense in the large cabin segment, which Dassault is redefining with large and wide cabin offerings. With two new and innovative offerings, Dassault is changing competitive dynamics and is looking to gain market share. We believe they will be successful.
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