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Dassault Aviation Rolls Out First Falcon 5X
Bordeaux-Merignac, France
6/2/2015

Dassault Aviation today lifted the veil on the highly anticipated Falcon 5X, which establishes a new benchmark in the large cabin, long range business aviation market.
 
Presented at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly facility before an audience of 400 customers, operators, suppliers and certification authority representatives, the 5X will offer the largest cabin cross-section of any purpose built business jet. And its 5,200 nm (9,630 km) range will permit it to connect the majority of the world’s most heavily travelled city pairs.
 
Yet the new twinjet will be more fuel efficient than any other business jet in its category and will feature an approach speed of 105 knots – down in the turboprop range – offering more airport options for business jet operators.
 
Announced at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas in October 2013, the Falcon 5X will be equipped with a new ultra-efficient wing, an advanced digital flight control system derived from the Rafale fighter jet and a brand new Snecma Silvercrest engine offering 15% better fuel efficiency than any other powerplant in its thrust class.
 
Other new features include a redesigned cockpit equipped with the third generation of Dassault’s award winning EASy flight deck and state of the art aircraft and engine health monitoring systems.
 
“The Falcon 5X was designed to answer operator demand for an aircraft in the 5,000 nm range that could provide more space and comfort than existing large body jets while combining the handling qualities, the low speed performance and operating economics which are the hallmark of Falcons,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “Customers have already responded to the new aircraft with enthusiasm and we expect it to become every bit as popular as the 7X, the fastest selling Falcon we’ve ever built.”
 
Final assembly and testing of the Falcon 5X is taking place at the Mérignac facility near Bordeaux (France), which has seen the delivery of more than 8,000 Dassault civil and military aircraft, including 2,300 Falcons, since it opened in 1949.
 

Advanced Ground Testing UnderwayThe first 5X was powered up and started system ground tests last autumn. It was joined by aircraft no. 2 earlier this year.
 
Testing on the global simulation bench, which replicates the 5X’s main systems, is well advanced and the static and fatigue test campaign on a dedicated airframe has begun.
Testing of the Falcon 5X’s Silvercrest engine is also progressing, both on the ground and on Snecma’s flying test bed.
 
The aircraft’s maiden flight is anticipated before the end of the summer. 

About Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 90 countries across six continents. Dassault designs and builds the family of Falcon business jets as well as the Rafale fighter jet. The company employs a workforce of over 12,000 and has production facilities in both France and the United States, and a worldwide service network. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,650 Falcons have been delivered. The tri-jet and twin-engine lines offer outstanding efficiency and comfort, with ranges from 3,500 nm to 7,500 nm. They include the flagship Falcon 10X, the pioneering Falcon 7X and 8X, the widebody Falcon 6X, and the versatile Falcon 900LX, 2000LXS. Falcon Customer Service continues to hold the top spot in key business aviation surveys.

About Dassault Falcon Jet

Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America and South America.

 
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