This year, Dassault Aviation will showcase the Falcon 8X — the newest business jet in the ultra-long range class – at the 2018 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The exhibit, which opens on April 17 at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center, will also feature the popular 5,950 nm/11,020 km Falcon 7X.
The first Chinese-operated Falcon 8X was handed over in late 2017 and the big trijet is now in operation in key markets around the world, including the United States, Europe, the Middle East and India as well as China. Moreover, delivery ramp-up has been remarkably smooth, thanks largely to the high level of maturity of the aircraft’s on-board systems.
The successful introduction of the Falcon 8X comes as Dassault is embarking on development of a new ultra widebody twinjet, the Falcon 6X, that will revolutionize the 5,000 nm segment. Unveiled on February 28, the 6X will be the most modern, spacious and versatile twin in its class and will draw on many of the advanced features of the 8X, including its ultra-quiet cabin and unrivalled airport performance.
“Thanks to growing support from the central government, China’s business aviation sector appears headed for a period of solid growth,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “And with a rapidly expanding lineup of high end models, led by the Falcon 8X and now the 6X, Dassault expects to benefit significantly from this growth.”