Dassault Aviation’s new flagship, the 6,450 nm Falcon 8X, has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), preparing the way for service introduction of the big new trijet. FAA certification is expected in the coming weeks, with entry into service in the early fourth quarter.

“We’ve broken new ground with the 8X,” said Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO. “Not only did we meet customer demand for an aircraft combining increased range and cabin volume with the technological prowess of the popular 7X, but we were able to get it to market fully mature and tested in a remarkably short period of time."

In late April, Falcon 8X test aircraft completed a global proving tour demonstrate its capabilities under different conditions of operation. The 65-flight 55,000 nm campaign took the aircraft to 46 destinations, from North America to Europe, the Middle East, China and Southeast Asia. Missions varied in length, from 18 minutes to 14 hours. The aircraft experienced a full range of flight conditions, from hot weather and extreme cold (-33°C) to extra high and low humidity environments. 

Derived from the popular Falcon 7X, the ultra-long range Falcon 8X was unveiled in May 2014 and first flew on February 6, 2015. The 8X will offer the greatest range and the longest cabin of any Falcon. It will also share the 7X’s operating economy and short-field performance.