Dassault Aviation has unveiled a new business jet with a range of 7,500 nautical miles (13,890km), scheduled to enter service at the end of 2025. The Falcon 10X was launched with a streamed presentation (above).
The aircraft will have a completely new fuselage lined with 38 windows that are nearly 50% bigger than those on the Falcon 8X.
The 10X will have a cabin cross-section larger than some regional jets. Its cabin will be 6ft 8in (2.03m) tall and 9ft 1in (2.77m) wide. Dassault said that will make it almost 8in (20cm) wider and 2in (5cm) taller than the widest and tallest purpose-built business jet flying today.
Multiple interior configurations will be possible. The 10X can accommodate four cabin zones of equal length but owners can customise the configuration, for example with an expanded dining/conference area, a dedicated entertainment area with a large-screen monitor, a private stateroom with a queen-size bed or an enlarged master suite with a stand-up shower.
“Today we are introducing a new benchmark in business aviation,” said Eric Trappier, Dassault chairman and CEO. “The Falcon 10X will offer an unrivalled passenger experience over both short- and long-duration flights, along with breakthrough safety features from Dassault’s frontline fighter technology. We have optimised every aspect of the aircraft with the passenger in mind and established a new level of capability for ultra-long-range aircraft.”
The company said passengers will experience a 3,000ft cabin pressure altitude while flying at 41,000ft, and a next-generation filtration system will provide 100% pure air. The aircraft will be at least as quiet as the Falcon 8X.
“The 10X will be more than just another big step forward in business aviation. It will be absolutely the best business jet available in the ultra-long-range category, and will remain so for a long time,” said Trappier.
The high-speed wing will be made of carbon fibre composites for maximum strength, reduced weight and minimum drag. Tailored for speed and efficiency, the very-high aspect ratio wing will be equipped with retractable high-lift devices for manoeuvrability at low approach speeds.
The twin-engine aircraft will be powered by the in-development Rolls Royce Pearl 10X, delivering more than 18,000 lb of thrust. The aircraft’s top speed will be Mach 0.925.
There will be touchscreens throughout the cockpit, as well as a next-generation Digital Flight Control System, derived directly from Dassault’s latest military technology, with features including a new single-button recovery mode. A single smart throttle will serve as the primary power control, connecting both engines to the Digital Flight Control System, which will automatically manage the power of each engine as needed in different flight scenarios.
Dassault notes that its FalconEye combined vision system (which offers both enhanced and synthetic vision capabilities), combined with dual HUDs able to serve as primary flight displays, will enable the 10X to operate in essentially zero ceiling/visibility conditions.
“We have set the bar for our new Falcon incredibly high,” said Trappier. “But I can confidently say that we have put this aircraft at the top of the market.”