Dassault Falcon 2000DX First Flight

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The new Falcon 2000DX flew for the first time on June 19 at Dassault Aviation's facility in Bordeaux, France. The 2 hour 15 minute maiden flight took the jet to 41,000 feet and a maximum speed of Mach 0.89. Dassault Falcon President and CEO John Rosanvallon said the aircraft offers an "atttractive price point and superior fuel advantage" over its competition. The aircraft has the same cabin as the 2000EX (which sells for roughly $29 million) but will offer a shorter 3,250-nm range that allows it to land with near-full tanks, making multi-leg flights with short first legs followed by long-haul trips that much more practical. The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C-powered aircraft, which combines a 17-minute time to climb to FL410 with a 112-knot approach speed, comes standard with the EASy flight deck and is expected to offer an operational cost advantage that betters the Falcon 2000 by 5 percent.