Falcon 8X Set for delivery to a Russian customer next year

The French OEM is showcasing Falcon 7X and 900LX at the ongoing JetExpo 2016 in Vnukovo The French OEM is showcasing Falcon 7X and 900LX at the ongoing JetExpo 2016 in Vnukovo (Photo by Russian Aviation Insider)

Dassault Aviation has not brought its newest and longest-range business jet Falcon 8X to JetExpo 2016, the annual business aviation show in Russia, that opened in Moscow today. Instead, Falcon 7X and 900LX jets, both familiar to Russian clients, have made an appearance on the static display at Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal. Company representatives told Russian Aviation Insider that both models brought to JetExpo, as well as other Dassault Aviation products, are quite popular with customers in Russia and the CIS. Since the last show, the French company delivered five 7X aircraft to Russian clients, including four aircraft this year.

Dassault Aviation noted that the improved modification of the Falcon 900LX continues to enjoy strong demand on the market. The manufacturer plans to continue upgrading this model, which will long remain the basis of its product line.

As for the new 8X, Dassault Aviation said that the company has several orders from Russia already; the first delivery is scheduled for 2017. Compared with 7X the new model has an extended cabin and a greater range. In addition, the aircraft can land in smaller airfields, such as the Swiss Gstaad, which cannot serve large business jets.

Falcon 8X was certified in Europe and the US this summer. The aircraft will enter service at the end of this year.

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