Dassault Celebrates 20 Years of its Successful Falcon 2000
ABU DHABI, UAE, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Abu Dhabi Air Expo - 5-7 March 2013
The first flight of the groundbreaking Dassault Falcon 2000 business jet took place in March 1993 in Bordeaux-Mérignac (France). Since its certification, Dassault has delivered nearly 500 Falcon 2000s worldwide and the global fleet has achieved close to two million flying hours, making it one of the world's most popular and widely used business jets in operation. Dassault marked the aircraft's 20th anniversary at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013, where the company presented its range of business jets including the next generation Falcon 2000LXS.
The original Falcon 2000 was the first business jet in the world to be designed using a fully digital mockup, with the Dassault design team responding to Falcon operator needs of the time which helped define the aircraft's initial performance, the ideal range (which was a perfect fit for the U.S. 'coast-to-coast' market), and operating costs. Since the original design, there have been six versions of the Falcon 2000, including the 2000LXS introduced last October.
"The Falcon 2000 family of business jets has been a long-lasting success because of its cabin amenities, superior fuel efficiency and high retained value," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon.
Falcon 2000LXS to enter operations in 2014
The 4,000 nm Falcon 2000LXS will be the newest aircraft in the Falcon 2000 family and inherits the same qualities as its siblings: outstanding performance and efficiency, cutting edge technology and exceptional flexibility.
The Falcon 2000LXS is built on the proven and capable Falcon 2000 platform. It will offer inboard slats; an enhanced and proven engine; new cockpit aesthetics; next-generation EASy II flight deck and FalconCabin HD+ - the most advanced cabin management system in business aviation. No other aircraft in the 4,000 nm range segment can offer the same combination of airport performance, cabin size and efficiency.
About Dassault Falcon
Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,200 Falcon jets have been delivered to 80 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX, 2000LXS and Falcon 2000S.
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