Dassault announced that one of its Falcon 6X test aircraft is preparing to embark on a world tour which will not only show off the sleek jet business aircraft but also give the opportunity to test the aircraft in real-world missions before its entry into service.
The French aircraft manufacturer says that the Falcon 6X will start its world tour before the end of June 2022 and the one-month tour will have stops across Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
The test Falcon 6X aircraft - Serial number 4 - is the same aircraft that Dassault displayed during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, and the plane was wearing French test registration F-WZOA.
“Our test team continues to be impressed by the handling and performance of the Falcon 6X,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “This global proving campaign will make sure that all systems are fully mature at entry into service. We are committed to delivering a perfect aircraft from day one.”
The global mission will take 150 hours with 40 stops confirmed Dassault, which is targeting long-range missions that typically take between 10 – 12 hours.
Potential trips and city stops include Paris to Los Angeles, Sao Paulo to France, and Johannesburg to Kuala Lumpur, while another flight will be undertaken in the Middle East. The 6X previously undertook the tests in -37°C cold soaking in Iqaluit, Canada.
Dassault says the world tour will involve a full crew of Dassault pilots, flight attendants, engineers and interior specialists - who will test 250 different evaluation points.
The Falcon 6X will be able to achieve a range of 5,500 nautical miles (6,330 miles/10,186 km) without stops and can officially reach speeds of Mach 0.9 (1,110 kph).
In total, three test aircraft have now accumulated more than 850 hours of flight time for the 6X.
The Falcon 6X recently came close to breaking the sound barrier during a series of high-speed tests, when it reached Mach 0.97!
Dassault had initially hoped that the business jet would enter into service before the end of 2022, but CEO Eric Trappier announced that the first delivery would slip into 2023 following global supply chain issues.
Dassault Falcon 10X
Dassault Aviation launched its Falcon 10X on May 6, 2021, and is due to enter service at the end of 2025.
The jet aircraft will have a range of 7500 miles (over 13.500 KM), and the ultra-long-range aircraft will be able to cruise at maximum speeds of Mach .925.
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