French manufacturer Dassault introduced their new Falcon 6X to the world overnight with a slick virtual event from the company's Merignac plant in Bordeaux.
The 6X is a Mach 0.90 corporate jet with a cabin more akin to an airliner and a range of 5500 nm. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW812D turbofans, the 6X is being lauded for both beauty as capability.
"Today’s roll-out is a significant achievement," said Dassault Aviation Chairman Eric Trappier. "I am very pleased to present the addition of an all-new aircraft design within the Falcon family, the ultra widebody Falcon 6X.
“The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic required exceptional perseverance and cooperation on the part of Dassault and its partner companies.
“The Falcon 6X represents a major step forward for large-cabin business jet operators. Its award-winning cabin–the tallest and widest in business aviation–provides levels of spaciousness, comfort, productivity and safety that will set a new benchmark in the long-range segment.”
The roll-out paves the way for completion of the ground test program and the extensive systems checks that must be performed before the first flight, which is scheduled to occur early next year.
The Falcon 6X can fly from London to Hong Kong or from Los Angeles to Moscow non-stop, maintaing a capabilty of performing safe approaches as slow as only 109 knots. This allows the 6X to access small airports equipped with very short and runways.
COVID circumstances forced the company to stage a virtual unveiling that was live-streamed around the world, attracting what Dassault says was a record number of viewers.
Watch a replay of the roll-out event at www.Falcon6XRollout.com.