Dassault Aviation's Falcon 8X has been approved to operate in and out of London City airport (LCY). The decision means that Dassault is the only manufacturer whose entire in-production fleet is LCY-approved. This includes the Falcon 7X and 900LX trijets and 2000S/LXS twins.
The 6,450 nm 8X has the longest range of any Falcon and can fly from Los Angeles or Hong Kong to London City non-stop. Located in the heart of London's financial district, LCY features some of the most restrictive steep approach and noise abatement regulations in business aviation.
“The ability to fly in and out of LCY and other hard to reach airports affords a measure of flexibility and a significant operating benefit to our customers,” says chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “Airport performance is among the top design priorities for every Falcon that Dassault has produced.”
In addition to its short field capability, the Falcon 8X features an advanced digital flight control system, a quiet cabin and a large selection of standard cabin configurations. It is also available with the manufacturer's new FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first head-up display to combine synthetic and enhanced vision capabilities.
Dassault employs a workforce of more than 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in France and the United States as well as service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, more than 2,400 Falcon jets have been delivered. The 8X was certified in June 2016 and the first delivery was to Greek operator Amjet Executive last October.