FrontRunners August 2014: MACHINES & GEAR
Spreading Its Wings
The recently announced Dassault Falcon 8X (www.dassaultfalcon.com) may not be large enough or fly far enough nonstop to fit into what Robb Report has termed the large-cabin ultralong-range category, presently occupied by only the Gulfstream G650; but compared to Dassault’s current ultralong-range model, the Falcon 7X, its range is about 600 miles greater and its cabin is 4 feet longer. The 8X will be able to fly nonstop for more than 7,400 miles when carrying eight passengers and three crew at 600 mph. According to Dassault, the aircraft’s engines are improved versions of the Pratt and Whitney Canada models that power the 7X and will result in significant reductions in fuel consumption, noise, and emissions. Combined with the new wing design, the engines will enable the 8X to use London City, Aspen, and other challenging airports that are off-limits to many large jets. The 8X’s cabin will be nearly 43 feet long, 7 feet 8 inches wide, and 6 feet 2 inches tall. Dassault expects to begin deliveries by the end of 2016, for an estimated price of $58 million.