The first production Falcon 6X—serial number 5—arrived in Little Rock on January 28, flown by Hervé Laverne and Cédric Carle.
“The arrival of the first Falcon 6X in Little Rock marks a very positive milestone in this program”, said Eric Trappier. “Our teams have been working tirelessly to prepare the 6X for completion, and we are benefiting from very good momentum as we move towards certification.”
Teams in Little Rock have been preparing for the arrival of the first 6X for several months, by incorporating new engineering solutions that aim to accelerate the completion and delivery cycle. A dedicated 6X technical response team has performed robustness and cycle testing on the equipment and components in to prepare them for manufacturing. Our engineers have also designed processes that will allow one-shot installation of interiors, further reducing completion times.
Completion will be carried out in state-of-the-art hangar that came online in 2015, designed especially to accommodate new aircraft.
A fourth aircraft equipped with a full interior will fly at the end of the first quarter and undertake a round-the-world campaign intended to demonstrate the full maturity of aircraft systems at entry into service.
The first 6X is expected to enter into service later this year.