Falcon 5X arrives in style
Dassault’s brand new baby throws the gauntlet down for a new standard in the market
There are some days my job is much easier than others. Today was one of those. Dassault Falcon kindly invited me to its facility in Bordeaux Merignac to witness the rollout of the latest jet in its Falcon product line. The ceremony was su
perb, stylish and sophisticated. The 400 strong audience appreciative. The airframer had invited 50 key employees to share in the celebrations, and they formed part of a launch that featured high wire acrobats, stylish film and graphics, smoke machines and dancing. Frankly a glorious spectacle, that heralded the arrival of the new bird beautifully.
The large body twin is set to fly this summer, and will ultimately offer a range of 5,200 nm (9,630 km) range, or roughly 11 hours with 6 pax on board – enough to fly people from the Middle East (a market in which it will surely flourish) to all of Africa, and all of Europe. The new Silvercrest engines mean it will be 15% more fuel efficient – the airframer says – than any aircraft in its class. Other new features include a redesigned cockpit equipped with the third generation of Dassault’s EASy cockpit.
Two aircraft are currently in the flight test programme, and the 5X is set to enter service in 2017. I’ve written a fuller feature for Fly Corporate, so go and check that out when it appears online. Though I have to say my personal highlight of the day was the now mandatory selfie with other journalists and Dassault chief Eric Trappier, who is unfailingly pleasant and accommodating. As I say, some workdays are better than others!