FrontRunners: Military Bearing

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There is a good reason why the

business aircraft made by France’s Dassault Aviation resemble fighter planes:

The company’s Falcon business jet evolved from its Mystère military craft, which

first appeared in the 1950s. Dassault’s sleek, speedy Falcon 7X, with a range of

about 6,800 miles, entered service this year, and its new 2000DX, with a range

of about 3,750 miles, flew for the first time in June. Now the company has

announced plans to produce the Dassault Falcon 2000LX (www­.dassaultfalcon.com), a winglet-enhanced update of its 2000EX that

can fly about 4,600 miles at Mach .80 and climb to 41,000 feet in 18 minutes.

Dassault hopes to certify the $30 million LX next year and begin deliveries by

2010.

The 19-passenger copter will have an extended range and features to ensure maximum comfort…
The jet’s large floor plan allows for the addition of an office and a bedroom…
The six-seat, twin-engine jet has a reworked interior and upgraded technology…
The two-seat jet is being developed for both private and military flying…
The new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
The company’s design could reduce the flight time between Washington, D.C., and Paris by 3 hours…
The ergonomic chair promises to make long-range flight much more comfortable…
The fractional provider recently took delivery of a custom G450LXi, with more on the way…
The simulated fireplace replicates the heat, sound, and intensity of a real fire…