Dassault to highlight its Falcon 8X and 900LX trijets at Moscow’s RUBAE 2019

Dassault The 1.98-metres high, 2.58-metres wide Falcon 6X will be the most spacious, modern and versatile twin in its class (Dassault)

Dassault Aviation will showcase its Falcon 8X flagship and its Falcon 900LX trijets at this year’s Russian Business Aviation Exhibition (RUBAE), which opens on September 11 at the Vnukovo-3 business aviation site near Moscow.

French manufacturer will also be exhibiting a full-scale mock-up of its advanced Falcon 6X ultra-wide-body twinjet, which is on track for certification and initial deliveries in 2022. The 1.98-metres high, 2.58-metres wide, 10,186-km capable 6X will be the most spacious, modern and versatile twin in its class, drawing on many of the advanced features of the 8X.

“The enhanced safety and robustness, ETOPS-free operation and unparalleled short-field capabilities offered by our large-body trijets are proven advantages that are highly appreciated in Russia and in neighbouring countries,” says Gilles Gautier, vice-president of Falcon sales at Dassault Aviation. “We also anticipate a warm reception among Russian customers for our new Falcon 6X, which will feature the tallest and widest cabin in the industry.”

Russia and its surrounding regions is emerging as one of the strongest markets for the ultra-long-range Falcon 8X business jet. The 11,945-km trijet can fly non-stop from Moscow to far destinations including Los Angeles, Cape Town, Darwin or Rio de Janeiro and land at restricted airports such as Gstaad and Lugano in Switzerland and Saint-Tropez La Mole in France — short fields that are typically inaccessible to other large business jets, claims the manufacturer.

The 8X also has the flexibility of its predecessor, the Falcon 7X trijet, a long time bestseller that remains in high demand in the Russian market.

The Falcon 900LX, on show at Vnukovo, features a re-designed cabin, optimised soundproofing and the latest cabin entertainment systems.

Both aircraft are available with the newest state-of-the-art options, including Dassault’s FalconConnect inflight high-speed connectivity service and its FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first head-up display in the industry to combine synthetic and enhanced vision capabilities.

The Falcon 8X, 900LX and 2000LXS aircraft equipped with FalconEye were recently approved for low-visibility approaches with 100-foot minimums, which is an industry first.

Dassault has also significantly reinforced and expanded its regional servicing network serving Russia and the CIS. Recent moves include setting up a new stock of spare parts at Vnukovo-3, near the Dassault Falcon Service satellite service centre. FalconResponse, the company’s comprehensive suite of AOG services, is proving an additional boon to customers in Russia. Operators from the region can benefit from Falcon Airborne Support missions flown in a Falcon 900 that can handle AOG situations and, where necessary, provide alternative lift.

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