Dassault Aviation has delivered the first of three very-long-range Falcon 7X trijets to the Commonwealth of Australia.
The new jets will be operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for government VIP service, with the second and third aircraft due to be delivered in the coming months. The units are being delivered with the latest connectivity solutions, designed to provide seamless access to high-speed broadband data anywhere in the world.
“We are extremely honored that Australia has once again demonstrated its confidence in the Falcon product line,” said Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “The RAAF already has decades of successful experience operating Dassault aircraft, from the Mirage III fighter to the Falcon 20 and Falcon 900 business jets.”
The Falcon 7X offers a combination of range and operational flexibility that no other large-cabin business jet can match. The 11,000km (6,835 miles) 7X can fly from Canberra to any point in Asia non-stop, or could link Canberra to Washington or London in one hop.
It can land on short and challenging runways and operate across a wide range of environmental conditions, including extremely hot, humid and dry desert climates. The aircraft’s three-engine design provides additional safety margin, freeing operators from twin-engine operating constraints when flying intercontinental, transoceanic routes.
The 7X was launched over a decade ago, since when more than 280 of the large trijets have been delivered worldwide.