- 16 May 2023
- Rod Simpson
- Aircraft Development
Dassault Falcon has been a significant force in the business jet world since the mid-1960s, with a particular focus today on the Large Jet (large cabin and ultra-long-range) markets.
Dassault Aviation has made significant inroads into the ultra-long-range business jet market, notably through the Falcon 7X, which entered service in 2007. With a range of about 5,870nm, the aircraft typically accommodates up to 12 on trans-continental trips, and was notably the first purpose-built business jet to be fully fly-by-wire.
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A new Dassault Falcon private jet costs between $34m for a 2022 model Falcon 2000LXS and $56m for a 2022 model Falcon 8X, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s Spring 2023 data. Depending on the age and condition, buyers can purchase a used Falcon business jet for less. For example, Aircraft Bluebook’s Spring 2023 data shows that a 2010-model Falcon 7X retails for approximately $22m, a 2000-model Falcon 900EX costs $13m and a 1983-model Falcon 200 costs $600k.
In April 2023 there were 2,192 Dassault Falcon jets flying worldwide, per JETNET. The Falcon 7X has the largest in-operation fleet, with 297 units in operation. At the time of writing, there had been 507 Falcon private jet retirements from a total 2,718 units built.
Dassault Falcon private jets offer maximum ranges between 1,285nm (for the Falcon 20C) up to 6,630nm (for the Falcon 8X), according to Conklin & de Decker, based on four passengers and available fuel aboard.
Several private jets compete with Dassault Falcon jet models. Depending on aircraft category, these include Cessna Citations, Bombardier Challenger and Global models, Embraer and Gulfstream jets. For model-specific information, check out AvBuyer’s Jet Comparison articles.
Dassault Falcon Jets Overview
By Gerrard Cowan, Editor - Aircraft Reviews
Early Dassault Models
Dassault entered the business jet sector in the industry’s fledgling years, launching the Dassault Falcon 20. Various improvements to this aircraft followed, resulting in the Falcon 20C, 20D, 20E and Falcon 20F, and culminating in the Falcon 200 which saw improvements in capacity and range (among other things). The Falcon 200 accommodates between eight and 14 passengers, and has a range of about 2,300nm.
The Falcon 10, launched in the 1970s, was a smaller derivative of the Falcon 20, with a capacity for up to seven and a range of 1,920nm.
Similarly, the Falcon 50 was a longer-range, Super Mid-Size Jet that stemmed from the Falcon 20. This 3,200nm-range aircraft was also Dassault’s first tri-jet, featuring three TFE731-3-1C powerplants. Boasting a similar fuselage cross-section and capacity (typically nine passengers) as the Falcon 20, it incorporated an advanced wing design and required shorter take-off and landing distances.
The Falcon 50 was further developed through the Falcon 50EX in the 1990s, which extended its range.
Dassault’s Large Jet Developments
The Falcon 900 Large Jet was originally launched in the 1980s and remains on the market today, having gone through a range of adaptations, including the Falcon 900B, Falcon 900C, Falcon 900EX, and Falcon 900EX EASy, bringing a number of advances in power, range and avionics to the model. A shorter range Falcon 900DX variant was also produced. The aircraft has a capacity of up to 19 passengers.
The current production variant is the Falcon 900LX, which was launched in 2008 and includes blended winglets, and reaches 4,750nm at long-range cruise with six passengers and two crew members. The 900LX is powered by three Honeywell TFE731-60 engines, features an EASy II Flight Deck, incorporates the Honeywell Primus Epic System, and has a maximum take-off weight of 49,000lbs.
The Falcon 2000, meanwhile, was a twin-engined, slightly smaller development of the Falcon 900 tri-jet, with inter-continental range (up to 4,000nm). The cabin is typically configured for 10, and the original powerplants were CFE738-1-1B turbofans.
As with the Falcon 900 series, various Falcon 2000 models were produced, including the Falcon 2000EX and Falcon 2000EX EASy, Falcon 2000DX, Falcon 2000LX and Falcon 2000S. Today’s version, the Falcon 2000LXS replaced the 2000LX model while simultaneously offering the shorter field capabilities of the 2000S.
Dassault’s Ultra-Long-Range X-Factor
The Falcon 7X cockpit is equipped with Dassault’s Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy avionics, while the aircraft features three PW307A engines.
The current Falcon flagship jet is the Falcon 8X. This ultra-long-range jet can fly up to 6,450nm with eight passengers and three crew, though it can hold up to 16 passengers. The aircraft features three PW307D engines and an EASy III Flight Deck with Honeywell Primus Epic System.
Dassault is also looking to the future, and the Falcon 6X – a 5,500nm-range aircraft – is due to begin deliveries in 2022. Like the Falcon 8X, it will be capable of accommodating 16 passengers.
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