Falcon 7X Might Go 6,000 Miles; 2000DX Introduced
Changes to the Dassault Falcon 7X, now in flight test, could increase its range to as much as 6,000 nm at Mach 0.80, Dassault Aviation said today. The current guaranteed range of the 7X is 5,700 nm, but Dassault is currently evaluating several range-boosting enhancements, including Dassault-designed winglets. The company also disclosed the next derivative of the popular Falcon 2000, the 2000DX, which will replace the 2000 starting with the delivery of S/N 232 at the end of next year. Like the Falcon 900DX announced at NBAA last year that replaced the 900C, the 2000DX will replace the 2000. Based on the design of the 2000EX, which has a range of 3,800 nm, the 2000DX with its 3,250-range (250 more than the Falcon 2000) is targeted for customers who operate shorter-range trips but want the comfort and performance of a large-cabin airplane. It will also feature an EASy cockpit. First flight is planned for June 2007, with certification and first deliveries expected by the end of 2008.