As part of its participation at this year’s Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show and exhibition, Dassault Aviation is showcasing its ultra-long range Falcon 8X aircraft.
Additionally, the company is also displaying its most recent launch, the Falcon 6X, which serves as a widebody twinjet that reportedly offers more cabin volume than any other business jet in its class.
The large cabin Falcons, which comprise of both the 6,450 nm/11,945 km 8X and the 5,950 nm (11,020 km) 7X, currently make up one third of the 75 Falcons currently in operation in the Middle East. They also account for almost half of new Falcon deliveries.
Gilles Gautier, VP, Falcon Sales for Dassault Aviation, said: “Operators in the Middle East highly value the performance, flexibility, robustness and innovative features of our large cabin models, which draw heavily on advanced technologies inherited from Dassault’s fighter programs.
“This is particularly true of newer models like the Falcon 8X, which offers the best combination of range, cabin comfort and operating efficiency of any aircraft in its class.”
He added: “The regional market improved last year and we anticipate a good market in 2019 and going forward.
“The region also offers significant replacement opportunities.”
With the expectation that demand for expanded cabin space will continue, Dassault has introduced the Falcon 6X. Featuring a cabin that will offer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) of headroom and a width of 8 ft 6 in (2.58 m), the business jet will have the capacity to carry 12-16 passengers in three separate lounge areas. With range of 5,500 nm/10,186 km, the aircraft has reportedly received substantial traction in the Middle East.
Visitors attending MEBAA 2018 will have the opportunity to try out a VR demo of the 6X Cabin at Dassault’s chalet.