Falcon 10X will be ready for customers by the end of 2025 and the cabin will be the largest in the industry, Dassault said Thursday. Rolls-Royce beat Pratt & Whitney of Raytheon Technologies Corp., which manufactures engines for Dassault’s latest three models. The new aircraft will be able to cover 7,500 nautical miles, enough to fly non-stop from New York to Beijing.
Dassault is counting on the Falcon 10X to compete in the high end of the private jet market, which was the fastest growing segment before the coronavirus pandemic and is expected to regain its shine in the years to come. Bombardier Inc. began deliveries of its Global 7500 at the end of 2018, while The Gulfstream unit of General Dynamics Corp. plans to start shipping its G700 at the end of next year.
Customers have been pushing for an “ultra-long range Falcon, and that will be the case with the Falcon 10X,” said Eric Trappier, managing director of Paris-based Dassault. “But it’s also comfort. When you travel for a long time, you have to be efficient, you have to Feel at home. “
The cabin will have an interior height of 6 feet 8 inches, the tallest among private jets, excluding luxury versions of airliners manufactured by Boeing Co. et Airbus SE. Like the Global 7500, the Falcon 10X can be configured with a bedroom and a shower.
The new aircraft will use a version of Rolls-Royce Pearl engine with over 18,000 pounds of thrust. The Falcon 10X will have a top speed of Mach 0.925, just below the sound barrier, corresponding to the Global 7500 and G700.
Dassault, which is partly owned by Airbus and also manufactures military jets such as the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon, said the Falcon 10X’s wings will be made of carbon fiber composites based on its fighter jet designs. This will provide a smoother ride, the company said.
The massive cabin, however, is the main selling point, which Dassault touted as “your penthouse suite in the sky” and “French design”.