First Falcon 7X Ready For Completion

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Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock Completion Center last week welcomed its first Falcon 7X (s/n 05) for completion, the company said this week, accompanied by a Falcon 2000EX EASy. Dassault's latest tri-jet offering -- the company expects to obtain FAA and EASA certification in early 2007 -- is billed as "the world’s first purpose built fly by wire business jet." Earlier in 2006, Dassault said it expected this event in late November, so the company's program would seem to be running a few weeks behind. Still, some 1,800 of the facility's employees were on hand to greet the two jets, which were flown from Dassault's Bordeaux-Merignac, France, assembly plant. NetJets Europe has signed up for 24 Falcon 7X aircraft -- worth U.S. $1.1 billion -- with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2008 and running through 2014. At least 100 other copies of the 7X airframe are on order with Dassault.

So far, the 69,000-lb.-MGTOW 7X has been through hot- and cold-weather trials, as well as low-altitude, high-speed test flights. Its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307 turbofan engines have accumulated more than 7,200 hours of testing. Dassault said in October that some 40 Falcon 7X airframes were in some stage of production, with s/n 014 in final assembly. The folks in Little Rock can expect to see a few more in the near future.