The Falcons. A name that sounds like the surname of an American family in a soap, but this one is not one that consists of people, but one of airplanes. The family of corporate aircrafts was built and designed by Dassault Aviation and has a high reputation for operational flexibility, low consumption and technological innovation. The Falcon 6X is the most spacious, advanced and versatile twinjet in the family.
The 6X was launched after the cancellation of the ultra-wide cabin 5X because it was struggling with persistent problems in its Safran Silvercrest powerplants. The latest version is designed to further develop the concept of the 5X. So, while the 6X benefits from the work done by its predecessor, Dassault has had to start over in many areas. It makes the 6X the most advanced twinjet in business aviation.
"Dassault Aviation brings the Falcon 6X: the most spacious, advanced and versatile twinjet in business aviation."
Dassault selected Pratt & Whitney Canada's Pure®Power PW800 engines to drive the Falcon 6X. In this way, the aircraft can offer its passengers the quietest and most comfortable cabins of all aircraft. In addition, the 6X is also equipped with highly advanced digital flight control and cockpit technologies. They make use of the legacy of other recent Falcon models and fighter aircraft programs.
The Falcon 6X has been optimised to take advantage of its 13.000-14.000lbf (58-62 kN) PW812D engines. It has a longer cabin and an extended range of 5,500 nmi (10,200 km), a top speed of Mach 0.90 and a cruise Mach 0.85. Its cabin is 12.3 metre long, has room for 16 passengers, 29 windows of which one is a skylight and is 1.98 m high and 2.58 m wide. This makes it the largest purpose-built business jet in cross-section.
The new model will make its first flight at the beginning of 2021. We’ll have to wait a little while longer, but that doesn’t make us less enthusiastic!