The Falcon 6X entered service on 30 November. Type certification was granted last August by both EASA and the FAA. Since that time, post-certification upgrades that were applied required EASA approval.
"Dassault Aviation shares this remarkable occasion with its customers, who are sure to receive an exceptional aircraft," says chairman and CEO Éric Trappier.
The first 6X demo aircraft will fly into Europe to kick off a global roadshow for customers and prospects who are keen to get the 6X flight experience, which apparently is ‘all about the cabin’. The tour then continues into Asia, the Americas and onwards. Customer deliveries will commence soon.
The 6X sports a pair of P&WC PW812D engines that, as with all 800 series engines, burn fuel more efficiently, produce less noise and emissions than the current generation of engines, and can fly on a blend of 50 per cent SAF. One hundred per cent SAF tests are being conducted for future in-service flights; indeed the PW812D was routinely flown on SAF during the test campaign. The engines also require 40 per cent less scheduled maintenance and 20 per cent fewer inspections than other engines in their class.
"We applaud the Dassault Aviation team for the successful entry into service of the first Falcon 6X aircraft," says president Maria Della Posta. "Pratt & Whitney Canada has a long-standing relationship with Dassault, powering the Falcon 2000LXS, 7X and 8X. Together, we have grown our relationship to best serve the interests of our common customers and look forward to the very promising future for this remarkable jet."
The PW812D engine proved itself through every phase of a demanding development and flight test programme. It has received positive reviews from Dassault Aviation's pilots and maintenance technicians alike. Its fuel economy allows this largest-ever Falcon to fly missions of up to 5,500nm/10,200km.
Dassault is rolling out its FalconWays on the aircraft. This flight planning tool allows pilots to select the most fuel efficient route and reduce excess fuel carried using updated global wind data, optimisation and performance model-specific algorithms.
The spacious and versatile long range twinjet was certified by EASA and the FAA in August this year, concluding a more than two year test campaign that logged 1,500 flight hours worldwide.
The Falcon 6X features the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet on the market. It has been recognised with the Red Dot and the International Yacht & Aviation design awards.