Dassault Aviation's new flagship, the Falcon 8X, made its debut this week at the NBAA's Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
The new ultra-long range Falcon 8X will offer the greatest range and cabin length in any Falcon aircraft, as well as the broadest selection of cabin configurations.
Since taking their first flight in February, the three aircraft in the Falcon 8X flight test program have accrued 380 flight hours and are near completing FAA and EASA approval. As flight tests continue, production has also ramped up at Dassault's final assembly facility in Merignac, France, where eight aircraft are currently in assembly.
Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier says the company anticipates certification by mid-2016, with deliveries following in the later half of the year.