Many private jets have the disadvantage of short range autonomy, mainly due to their size and their small fuel storage capacity. With the development of new consumer technologies and innovative fuselage designs, the aviation industry has faced the problem and today the situation seems to be changing. The French company Dassault Aviation has introduced its new model. The Falcon 8X offers an astonishing maximum range of 6,450 nautical miles (7,400 miles / 11,950 kilometers) at a cruise speed of Mach 0.80 (608 mph / 980 km per hour). Thus, the new Dassault Falcon 8X stands as the most awe-inspiring private jet, capable of handling long direct flights. The aircraft can fly non-stop from Dubai to New York, Hong Kong to Paris, London to Cape Town or Los Angeles to Beijing.
The Falcon 8X, an upgraded version of its predecessor 7X has achieved impressive records thanks to the new layout of its fuselage, improved aerodynamic profile and the redesign of the internal structure of the wings. These advantages provide greater storage capacity and less fuel weight, despite being even bigger than previous models. The new fuselage boasts three efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada 307D turbines, which deliver better consumption levels, increased pulling power, and lower toxic emissions. All these technological innovations allow the Falcon 8X to reduce overall fuel consumption by 35 percent compared with its competitors. Review our selection of luxury private jets.
Another interesting feature of the new Dassault is its ability to take off and land in airports with relatively short runways and very pronounced approach angles. In fact, the Falcon 8X is the only private jet of its size capable of operating at London´s airport, whose runway is only 1980 meters (6,500 feet) long, and located in a metropolitan area. These conditions require rapid elevation on takeoff and sharp landing angles. With capacity for 12 passengers and 3 crew members, the Falcon 8X features a huge master cabin: 13 meters (42.67 feet) long, 1.87 meters (74 inches) high and 2.33 meters (92 inches) wide.
In this ample passenger area, the manufacturer offers more than 30 different modular arrangements —all with the luxury and elegance of private business jets. These include a sitting area, dining room, meeting room, relaxation room, fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathrooms with showers and a rest area for the crew. The modules can be conveniently adapted according to the owner's needs and wishes.
The 8X boasts a system to stabilize pressure and oxygen in the cabin to provide a flight experience of supreme quality. While the aircraft is certified to fly at a maximum altitude of over 15,200 meters (50,000 feet), the cabin will keep the environment of a 1,100 meters (3,900 feet) flight, which ensures regular and comfortable pressure and oxygen levels that will not generate additional fatigue during flight.
The first test flights took place recently, but--being a model derived from the 7X--it is expected that marketing authorizations will soon be granted. Therefore, the first models of the Falcon 8X could be delivered in 2016. The market price of this jewel by Dassault is approximately $58 million. ■
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