- 17 Oct 2022
- Engines - BizAv
The Dassault Falcon 7X Large Jet was launched at the Paris Air Show in 2001, and is a trijet that has been a distinct success for Dassault over the years. Having first delivered to the market in 2007, it remains in production today.
The Falcon 7X is the French OEM's large-cabin, ultra-long range (5,870nm) flagship business jet. Powered by three PW307A engines, it typically accommodates up to 12 on trans-continental trips, and was notably the first fully fly-by-wire purpose-built business jet. The cockpit is equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic EASy avionics.
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The Falcon 7X costs between $18m for a 2007 model, and $53.80m for a 2022 model, according to Aircraft Bluebook’s Autumn 2022 data. Aircraft Bluebook values represent the average retail prices, by model year. Individual aircraft may sell for a value that is higher or lower than the average, depending on factors relating to aircraft specifics, including its maintenance condition, hours flown on the airframe and engines, proximity to the next major inspection or overhaul, and more.
Among the Falcon 7X’s market competitors is the Bombardier Global 5500, which can hold up to 16 passengers, and has a range of 5,900nm and top speed of Mach 0.90.
Dassault highlights the wing design of the Falcon 7X, which offers a significant improvement in lift-to-drag ratio when compared with earlier platforms in the Falcon range. The jet also has an innovative Digital Flight Control System, which supports precise handling and smooth flights; Dassault attributes its technological development in this area to its work on fly-by-wire systems for military aircraft.
The Falcon 8X has the longest range of the Falcon business jet line, with the ability to fly 6,450nm at Mach 0.8 with eight passengers and three crew members. The Falcon 8X also has the longest cabin in the Falcon family: a 3.6ft stretch compared to the Falcon 7X. Whereas the Falcon 7X has three PW307A engines, the 8X uses three PW307D engines and also features the EASy II Flight Deck with Honeywell Primus EPIC system.
Dassault Falcon 7X Jet Overview
By Gerrard Cowan - Editor, Aircraft Reviews
The Falcon 7X quickly became the French OEM’s fastest-selling aircraft, with 298 units delivered as of September 2022, according to JETNET data. The aircraft has been a particular success in Europe, where almost half the fleet resides.
Customers include charter companies, such as Antwerp-based Flying Group, and business giants like Shell Oil. Today, the Falcon 7X operates in 40 different countries across five continents.
What features does the Dassault Falcon 7X offer?
The Falcon 7X is noteworthy as being the first business jet with a digital flight control system (DFCS), derived from the company’s Rafale fighter jet and more than four decades of work on fly-by-wire systems.
Offering a range of 5,950nm, the jet is aimed squarely at the intercontinental market. Thus, with the same cabin height and width as the aircraft in Dassault’s Falcon 900 range, but with greater length, the Falcon 7X seeks to maximize passenger comfort. It is capable of holding up to 19 passengers, though is typically configured for 12.
Passenger comfort is enhanced by the turbulence-damping capability of the digital flight control system, which reacts quickly and smoothly to updrafts and downdrafts.
The Falcon 7X is powered by three Pratt & Whitney PW307A engines, and has a top speed of Mach 0.9. And, since a 2013 upgrade, the aircraft boasts Dassault’s EASy II standard avionics, based on Honeywell’s EPIC system.
What came before and after the Dassault Falcon 7X?
The Falcon 7X marks an advance on Dassault’s well-known Falcon 900 range, providing greater range and speed characteristics as Dassault sought to tap into new markets.
The Falcon 7X was been followed to market by the even longer-range Falcon 8X, which is today the flagship of the Dassault Falcon range.
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