Dassault Falcon 900LX for Business Travel
Dassault Falcon, a division of leading aerospace company Dassault Aviation, has announced the introduction of the Falcon 900LX into the range of highly efficient Falcon business jets. The Falcon 900LX has been designed to meet the growing demand for fuel-efficient, economical and environmentally responsible business air travel.
The Falcon 900LX will be built along the same lines as the popular Falcon 900EX however the 900LX will have additional features, including winglets and an extended range of 4,800 nautical miles. The Falcon 900LX will be replacing the 900EX on the production line. Certification of the 900LX is expected in the first half of 2010, with deliveries of the first orders taking place in mid 2010.
The president and CEO of Dassault Falcon, John Rosanvallon, is confident that the Falcon 900LX will be the most efficient airplane in its class and will more than meet the needs of their customers, where efficiency is a major factor in the decision making process of acquiring a business jet. Initial test flights revealed that the improved wing aerodynamics of the Falcon 900LX demonstrated a 7% reduction in drag which would in turn offer improved range and efficiency over the Falcon 900EX. A 10% improvement in climb performance was experienced, with the 900LX reaching FL390 in 20 minutes.
An additional advantage of the Falcon 900LX is that it is the only business jet in its class with the capability of landing with nearly full fuel tanks. This means, for example, that the 900 LX can leave Washington DC, land in New York and continue to Moscow without having to add fuel. Similarly, the airplane could leave Paris with four passengers, stop off in Geneva to pick up four more, and then continue to Beijing without having to add fuel.
The Falcon 900LX is fitted standard with the EASy flight deck. This award-winning flight deck is designed specifically to reduce pilot workload, as well as improving pilot interaction via elevated situational awareness in the cockpit. As with the Falcon 900EX, the Falcon 900LX will be powered by three Honeywell TFE731-60 turbofan engines, each of which is rated at 5,000 lbs of thrust. The Falcon three-engine configuration offers superior runway performance and additional security on long over-water flights. With nearly 540,000 incident free flight hours, the Honeywell TFE731-60 engines have a proven track-record of reliability and efficiency.
Since the first Falcon airplane rolled off the production line in 1963, more than 2,000 Falcon jets have been sold world-wide. The Falcon 900LX is set to continue to uphold Falcon’s well-earned reputation in the business jet market.