Dassault Aviation will present its Falcon fleet of large cabin, long range business jets at the Australian International Airshow, Australia’s largest and most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defense exposition.
The six day event, which opens on February 24th, will take place at Avalon airport in Geelong. Australia has been a key market for Dassault for almost half century. The company’s first business jet, the Falcon 20, entered commercial service ‘Down Under’ in 1967, barely two years after its service introduction in the United States. The Falcon 20 entered the inventory of the Royal Australian Air Force the same year and served in the RAAF’s transport and utility wing for 22 years before being replaced by the Falcon 900. The force flew five Falcon 900s for 13 years.
Over the past 18 months, Dassault has introduced two new models that are also expected to prove popular with Australian operators: the 6,450 nm/12,000 km Falcon 8X, which rolled out last December, and the 5,200 nm/9,630 km Falcon 5X, introduced in 2013.
The 8X made its first flight on February 6 and is due to begin deliveries by mid-2016. It will feature the longest Falcon cabin and the lowest ownership and operating costs in its class while offering the same advanced flight deck technology and operating flexibility as the Falcon 7X from which it is derived.
ENJOY THE FALCON 8X PHOTOGALLERY
To the Australian International Airshow (March 2015)
First Flight (Febr. 2015)
ROLL-OUT (Dec. 2014)
Manufacturing (Oct. – Dec. 2014)
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