Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 6X business jet is on schedule to fly for the first time in 2021, Dassault Executive Vice President of Civil Aircraft Carlos Brana said at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday. According to Brana, the company finished design review for the aircraft last summer and has started fabricating parts for the first 6X, including assembling the first fuselage. Dassault hopes to have the aircraft certified in 2022 with deliveries beginning the same year.
“Everything has been proceeding according to plan. The design was frozen earlier this year and the manufacturing process is well underway,” said Dassault CEO Eric Trappier. “Dassault Aviation and our global partners have the collaborative digital tools in place to continue to meet the benchmarks that were established when the program was announced.”
The Falcon 6X is powered by the new Pratt & Whitney PW812D engine, a variant of the company’s PW800 turbofan. Dassault says the engine has accumulated over 1,200 hours of run-time so far during development. The 16-passenger 6X is expected to have a range of 5,500 NM, top speed of Mach 0.9 and maximum operating altitude of 51,000 feet.
Dassault also announced that it plans to reveal a new aircraft model next year, but did not share any further details.