Dassault Aviation is looking forward to showcasing its Falcon 8X at the one-day Air Charter Expo (ACE17), taking place on 12 September at London Biggin Hill airport. It is the first time the 8X will appear at a UK show. "We have a very good relationship with BACA and all the European operators, and we are excited to introduce this aircraft at this unique show," says communications manager Vadim Feldzer. "Being there in a nice, friendly environment close to our friends and the UK community makes a lot of sense. ACE is an efficient show and it is not a headache to prepare for it, nor is the cost prohibitive. While the market is tough, it is exactly the kind of display that we are looking for. We are confident that we will be able to bring a brand-new demonstrator, which will feature a new interior with up-to-date details and design." The type has already entered the UK market; ExecuJet took delivery of the first G-registered 8X in May. "It well-suited to modern mission profiles; it is versatile and can operate from virtually anywhere," Feldzer adds. "We were recently granted London City approval, which is a real plus for European operators, and the aircraft can handle other steep approaches too, including challenging airfields like St. Moritz and Lugano. St. Tropez certification should follow soon too, so short haul and long haul routes are equally possible."
Efficiency, comfort and low noise are selling points for the trijet, which Feldzer describes as 'library quiet'. It also features an aeroelastic wing and has an updated winglet design to save weight.
He expects ACE17 to be a busy and productive show: "Compared to a lot of shows it will be more dynamic and we will save time. We will have to schedule more appointments in a shorter period with attendees, so business will be concentrated. Not a moment will be wasted."