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Dassault unveils Falcon 10X business jet with world's largest cabin

Dassault unveils Falcon 10X bu...
The Dassault Falcon 10X can fly 7,500 nautical miles on a single load of fuel
The Dassault Falcon 10X can fly 7,500 nautical miles on a single load of fuel
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The Dassault Falcon 10X can fly 7,500 nautical miles on a single load of fuel
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The Dassault Falcon 10X can fly 7,500 nautical miles on a single load of fuel
Artist's rendering of the Dassault Falcon 10X
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Artist's rendering of the Dassault Falcon 10X
The Dassault Falcon 10X
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The Dassault Falcon 10X has a sectional cabin
The Dassault Falcon 10X uses the Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X jet engine
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The Dassault Falcon 10X uses the Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X jet engine
The Dassault Falcon 10X flight deck
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The Dassault Falcon 10X flight deck
The Dassault Falcon 10X can fly 7,500 nm non-stop
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The Dassault Falcon 10X can fly 7,500 nm non-stop
The Dassault Falcon 10X has a larger cabin than any business jet currently flying
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The Dassault Falcon 10X has a larger cabin than any business jet currently flying
The Dassault Falcon 10X with stateroom installed
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The Dassault Falcon 10X with stateroom installed
The Dassault Falcon 10X set for dinner
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The Dassault Falcon 10X set for dinner
The Dassualt Falcon 10X with entertainment screen
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The Dassualt Falcon 10X with entertainment screen
En-suite shower for the Dassualt Falcon 10X
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En-suite shower for the Dassualt Falcon 10X
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Dassault Aviation has taken the wraps off its latest business jet, the Falcon 10X. Still in development, the aircraft won't be built for several years, but the company had a virtual rollout to highlight the design and many of the features of what it claims is the business jet with the world's largest cabin.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the aerospace industry, with many analysts expecting a long-term drop in business travel in favor of virtual meetings, but, based on its customer research, Dassault is aiming its new Falcon 10X at business people who want or need to fly very long distances.

When it goes into service, the Falcon 10X will have an extremely long range for a business aircraft. Powered by twin Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engines generating 18,000 pounds of thrust, it will be able to cover 7,500 nautical miles (8,630 miles, 13,900 km) on a single load of fuel. It will be able to fly non-stop from Paris to northwest Australia in about 15 hours at a speed of Mach 0.925 (686 mph, 1,104 km/h).

The Dassault Falcon 10X with stateroom installed
The Dassault Falcon 10X with stateroom installed

With such a long-range capabilities, Dassualt has designed the Falcon 10X to be as comfortable as possible for both the passengers and crew. The cabin is 6.6 ft (2.03 m) tall and 9.1 ft (2.77 m) wide, making it the widest and tallest purpose-built business jet today. The cabin itself is sectional and can be configured to meet the customer's needs, including the installation of an enlarged master suite with a full en-suite shower.

To add to the comfort, the cabin, when flying at an altitude of 41,000 ft (12,500 m), is pressurized to the equivalent of 3,000 ft (910 m). The air itself is filtered and purified, noise levels are kept low, and the cabin boasts 38 windows that are 50 percent bigger than those in the Falcon 8X.

To allow the Falcon 10X to operate out of small airports, it's been fitted with a very high aspect ratio wing with advanced, retractable high-lift devices. To save on weight, it's been constructed out of carbon composite materials.

The Dassault Falcon 10X flight deck
The Dassault Falcon 10X flight deck

On the flight deck, the pilot seats are designed to fold flat, so one crew member can sleep while the other is at the controls, which are digital with plenty of touchscreens instead of analog controls. This next-generation Digital Flight Control System is derived from Dassault's work on military aircraft and includes a single throttle to control both engines. The computer monitors the engines and automatically adjusts the power output of each. It's claimed it can even respond appropriately to emergency situations on its own.

In addition, the aircraft uses the company's FalconEye combined vision system that uses Head Up Displays (HUDs) as the primary flight readouts, which provide enhanced and synthetic vision capabilities for zero ceiling/visibility conditions.

"Today we are introducing a new benchmark in business aviation," says Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. "The Falcon 10X will offer an unrivaled passenger experience over both short- and long-duration flights, along with breakthrough safety features from Dassault’s frontline fighter technology. We have optimized every aspect of the aircraft with the passenger in mind and established a new level of capability for ultra-long-range aircraft."

The Falcon 10X will enter service at the end of 2025. The video below recaps the unveiling of the Dassault Falcon 10X.

Falcon 10X Premiere

Source: Dassault Aviation

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10 comments
10 comments
guzmanchinky
I mean, I guess I'm pretty well off. I'm retired at 50, travel the world, buy pretty much whatever I want. And yet, let's be very clear here, I couldn't even afford the yearly operating cost of this (admittedly beautiful) machine... The sheer unimaginable wealth required is unfathomable...
Ted
As with all Dassault aircraft the number one priority has always been: "it must be beautiful". I think they have managed to pull it off once again. I still love the look of their early Mirage which I spent years working on.
CarolynFarstrider
Let's be in no doubt....this is an ugly machine that generates more CO2 per passenger mile than most aircraft today, and has no place in a modern approach to transport. It's a rich, self-indulgent man's toy, that positively damages the life chances of millions of poor people worldwide, as they deal with the impacts of climate change.
BlueOak
Certainly a beautiful plane. Not that I would have a clue about the personality type of the CEO who decides to buy one of these planes, but apparently, interspersing the bodies of beautiful women throughout the intro video is a key selling technique.
darkcook
Very impressive. 15-hrs at 0.925 is nothing to sneeze at. I like guzmanchinky, can't imagine owning something like this. Don't really want to, but would love to have use of it. Breakfast in Paris? Sure, why not? Dinner in Italy? Or, let's spend the weekend in Bermuda. Don't mind if I do. Heck, I'm thinking I'm pretty privileged when I know someone with a piston that I can hop a ride with to shorten the trip, at something way slower than 0.92! -ASEL
Karmudjun
David- good job reviewing this CGI prototype.
The 30+ min overindulgent near-seizure inducing video followed by models - made me think I was watching a recruitment film for Dr. No.
The little bit on the actual aircraft - yes, she is a beautiful bird and the efficiency of the flight controls could be stellar - or could be horrific. I know digital control interfaces reign supreme, but I really do like "fly by wire" with redundancy built in. It likely shows my age.
Nice article, wish all the jet-setting CEO's would use the most efficient platform for business travel yet. (ZOOM).
Nelson Hyde Chick
Imagine how much less climate changing gases we could prevented from being expelled if we got rid of everyone that can afford their own private jet?
Nelson Hyde Chick
The creation and use of energy are the fundamental problems making the Earth uninhabitable, so why don't we price it progressively? It could be broken down into BTUs burned. The BTUs burned to sustain someone in a lower middle-class life would be priced at a fairly low level and every BTU one burns to fuel their life beyond would cost more and more as they use more and more fuel to sustain their lifestyle. The guy filling the tank of his Prius to commute to work to put food on his family's table would pay a fraction per gallon as the Hollywood high school dropout topping-off the tanks of his 707 to take his buddies to Bermuda for Thanksgiving weekend. Those that use less fuel could sell credits to the fuel they did not use at the low rate and a market would be created.
ljaques
Beautiful. And only about $75million. I couldn't afford the INTEREST on the annual maintenance payments, so I'll have to produce all that CO2 some other way.
ReservoirPup
I'm afraid, Nelson Hyde Chick, one of the downsides of this promo is a forewarning to the mighty to keep feeding their lobbyists who could easily keep painting the carbon tax a poor man's stranglehold for decades to come. If we were honest we would call this thing blingjet.