Dassault Aviation's latest ultra-long-range aircraft - the Falcon 10X - is one step closer to hitting the market as parts production begins. The final assembly of the first aircraft is expected to begin next year.
Production and assembly of the ultra-widebody twin jet are preparing to begin at sites around Europe and North America, including a new manufacturing facility in northern France. A new production hall in Biarritz in southwestern France will produce the aircraft's all-composite wing.
"We are making excellent progress in getting this new aircraft into production, and the coming months will see an increasing flow of parts, subsystems and large structures into our facilities in the south of France," said Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation's Chairman and CEO. "With help from the world's leading suppliers, the Falcon 10X will be the most advanced and capable aircraft in business aviation."
Likened a "flying penthouse", the Falcon 10X will feature a spacious cabin, measuring six feet, 8 inches tall with a volume of 2,780 cubic feet.
RELATED: A look inside the Dassault Falcon 10X mockup at NBAA-BACEThe aircraft will have a range of 7,500 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 with a top speed of Mach 0.925, making it a close competitor of the newly unveiled Bombardier Global 8000.
The Falcon 10X will be powered by the Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engines, which have already achieved 1,000 hours of testing on the 18,000 pounds thrust engine, including tests on 100% sustainable aviation fuel. The Pearl 10X engines are expected to be certified on 100% sustainable fuel.The Dassault Falcon 10X is expected to enter into service in late 2025.