Dassault Aviation is delaying the entry into service of the Falcon 6X business jet to the middle of 2023 due to supply chain disruption.
Flight Global cited chief executive Eric Trappier as saying that the COVID-19 pandemic was still affecting the supply chain, across various industries, while the war in Ukraine had led to rising energy prices and raw material shortages.
“I’d like to stress that the Covid epidemic is still active – fortunately not at the crisis levels we knew before, but strong enough to disrupt business,” Trappier was quoted as saying at the EBACE 2022 business aviation conference in Geneva.
“Our anticipated target of year-end 2022 for the entry into service of the 6X is shifting, and is now forecast by mid-year 2023”, Trappier said.
The Falcon 6X, dubbed an ultra-widebody business jet, has a range of 5,500 nautical miles, meaning it can fly non-stop from London to Hong Kong or Los Angeles to Moscow. It is powered by new-generation Pratt & Whitney PW812D engines.