Dassault Aviation is preparing for the 2024 launch of its flagship Falcon 10X, aiming to redefine the business jet experience with a combination of home-like comforts, ultra-long-range performance, and advanced flight-control technology inspired by the Rafale fighter. Carlos Brana, executive vice-president of civil aircraft at Dassault Aviation, says the goal was to bring unique and desirable features to the top of the business jet sector while emphasising range, speed, and interior space.
The Falcon 10X promises an unrivalled range of 7,500 nautical miles, a top speed of Mach 0.925, and an even more spacious cabin than its competitors Bombardier Global 7500/8000 and Gulfstream G700/G800. Dassault focused on creating a comfortable environment for passengers on flights lasting more than 15 hours and ensuring the pilots could also rest during these long trips.
With a cabin measuring 2.77 metres wide and 2.03 metres high, the Falcon 10X offers a low-altitude cabin pressure, uniform diffusion of natural light from 38 windows, ultra-low noise levels, and a smooth ride thanks to its digital flight control system (DFCS). The spacious cabin allows interior designers to create personalised spaces, including larger state rooms to suit the owner’s requirements.
Aiming to function as an airborne command centre for CEOs, the Falcon 10X offers high-speed internet connectivity and the option for one or more Falcon Privacy Suites separated from the cabin aisle by an adjustable mid-height partition. These suites include an electrically operated seat that reclines to create a comfortable 2.03-meter-long bed.
The Falcon 10X will be powered by the Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engine, the latest and largest in the Pearl series, which delivers more than 18,000 pounds of thrust. The engine features new materials and internal aerodynamics, making it one of the most efficient engines in business aviation. On top of that, it has already logged more than 1,000 hours of testing using 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
Dassault Aviation is also introducing its first all-composite wing for the Falcon 10X, offering ultra-precise aerodynamics and weight reductions. The carbon fibre wing comes with a sweep angle for efficiency at higher cruise speeds and retractable high-lift devices for short-field and steep approach performance.
Manufacturing of long-lead items for the Falcon 10X is already underway throughout Dassault’s network of factories and its suppliers. Final assembly is set to take place in 2023 at the company’s site in Merignac, near Bordeaux, with the first flight tentatively scheduled for 2024. The first production serial unit is expected to enter service in 2025, with customer deliveries commencing in 2026.
Brana is confident in the Falcon 10X’s appeal, stating that interest is high and potential customers are “seduced by what we are proposing.” With its focus on range, speed, accessibility to smaller airports, fuel efficiency, advanced safety technology, and unmatched comfort, the Falcon 10X is poised to revolutionise the business jet experience.