Many aviation companies realize profits through both military- and civilian-minded avenues and the French concern of Dassault is no different - manufacturing their advanced "Rafale" multi-role fighter to select military customers and their Falcon line to the business world. The Falcon line has emerged as a long-running family of business jets beginning with the "Falcon 10" of 1971. Since then, the product has evolved across various designs to become the all-modern "Falcon 7X" and now the newly announced "Falcon 8X". The Falcon 8X was debuted at 2014 EBACE ("European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition") and follows Dassault's other relatively new announcement in its wide-body "Falcon 5X" product announced back in October 2013.
Based on the preceding Falcon 7X model, the Falcon 8X is billed as a longer-range, larger cabin business jet alternative utilizing refined swept-back wings (featuring winglets) and a revised "tri-jet" turbofan engines for maximum fuel efficiency. Additional windows along the passenger cabin walls provide increased natural lighting while the cabin has been increased some 3.5 feet in length over that of the Falcon 7X (the longest cabin of any available Falcon jet in fact). Engineers have also increased internal fuel stores to achieve the desired operational ranges. A standard operating crew will be three in an all-digital cockpit (based on the Falcon 5X) with a passenger-hauling capability of up to eight in business-level comfort with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) listed at 73,000lbs. Power will be served through 3 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307 series turbofans (6,722lbs thrust each) allowing the jet to fly some fourteen hours out, giving it important access to critical business markets such as Shanghai, New York and Sao Paulo.
June 2014 - The first Falcon 8X was under construction at Dassault Bordeaux-Merignac with a Little Rock, Arkansas, USA location assisting. Its flight testing phase was set to begin sometime in 2015 with certification hoped for 2016. With the arrivals of the 5X and 8X products, Dassault's lineup will now become six business jet offerings for even the most discerning global customer.
February 2015 - It was announced that the Falcon 8X completed its first flight from Bordeaux-Merignac. The aircraft stands as one of three that will be used for the flight test program. Certification is still targeted for sometime in 2016.
June 2016 - The Falcon 8X has been type-certified as a variant of the existing Falcon 7X line.
October 2016 - Dassault has begun deliveries of its Falcon 8X to launch-customer Amjet Executive of Greece.
January 2020 - Dassault and Thales have partnered to develop an all new ELectronics INTelligence (ELINT) aircraft based around the Falcon 8X business jet.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.
Used in roles serving the business aviation market, primarily VIP and regional travel.
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
79.5 ft (24.23 m)
86.3 ft (26.29 m)
26.0 ft (7.94 m)
41,006 lb (18,600 kg)
73,006 lb (33,115 kg)
+32,000 lb (+14,515 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Dassault Falcon 8X production variant)
3 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D turbofan engines developing 6,722 lb of thrust each.
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