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the 8X’s performance, first and foremost the aircraft is a delight for
passengers. Many notable business jet operators have added the
aircraft to their corporate jet fleets. The impressive French tri-jet
has also made serious inroads in several markets in the Asia-Pa-
cific region, including China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. The
aircraft’s growing presence in the APAC region can be attributed
to its superb passenger cabin which can be configured in a variety
of ways to maximise passenger comfort, its very low cabin noise,
exceptional low cabin altitude (which is something in the order of
only 3,900 feet while cruising at 41,000 feet), and 32 cabin windows
that provide unparalleled levels of natural lighting.
So, flying sectors up to the 14-hour mark in the elegant French jet
are quite pleasant. The aircraft can also be configured to seat up to 16
passengers and comes with a very large 4 cubic metre rear luggage
compartment that’s accessible in flight. “Passengers like the spa-
ciousness and brightness of the cabin and the fact that the cabin is
quiet. You have a very spacious cabin that is 42 feet 8 inches long and
more than 7 feet 8 inches wide. You can have three spacious lounge
areas. Some customers like to use the lounge area at the back as a
bedroom with a king-size bed. Towards the front of the aircraft, there
is also an extra-long galley. The bathroom can also be equipped with
a shower option. The 8X has the lowest cabin noise of any Falcon on
the market. It means when you step off a long-haul flight on the 8X,
you feel refreshed and invigorated because you’ve had a smooth and
comfortable ride and had time to rest and relax,” Feldzer says.
“Since the 8X’s entry into service two years ago we have received
very positive feedback from owners and operators stating how
much they appreciate the smoothness of the ride, the exceptional
quietness of the cabin. The aircraft is very stable and can withstand
turbulence better because of the benefits of the digital flight control
system and the special wing design and architecture,” he adds.
And then there is of course the aircraft’s outstanding short-field
performance, enabling operations in hot and high conditions;
something that opens up a range of airports for the aircraft to op-
erate from, especially those with limited ground infrastructure. For
example, the 8X can land at London City Airport, the main runway
of which is only 1,508 metres (4,948 feet) long.
“ There are many airports in Asia-Pacific, particularly in parts of
Southeast Asia and regional Australia, that have short runways. But
Asia-Pacific is also a vast region. So what you need is a long-range
short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft. That is what the Dassault
8X is; a long-range aircraft that is extremely capable and agile. It has
a maximum range of 6,450nm. It can fly at high speed, 0.9 Mach,
and fly at high altitudes of up to 51,000 feet. But when you come in
to land, it can have a slow approach speed of just 109 knots which
is comparable to a turboprop...The aircraft’s flexibility in having a
slow approach speed coupled with a lighter airframe, explains why
the aircraft has a landing distance at typical landing weight of just
2,240 feet,” Feldzer says.
“Many business jet operators need that level of flexibility - the
ability to access challenging airports and the ability for the aircraft to
still operate if there is limited ground infrastructure. They also want
an aircraft with lower-operating costs and an aircraft that is reliable.
The operators also like the low operating costs of the 8X relative to
the other large cabin, long-range business jets ... The 8X has up to 20
percent lower direct operating costs than competing aircraft,” he adds.
In terms of its safety and reliability, the Falcon 8X’s three-engine
design not only gives the aircraft its impressive performance but
also an added layer of safety that translates into, depending on the
destination being flown to, reduced travel times as Feldzer explains.
“ The fact that the 8X has three engines means it is less constrained
by the rules pertaining to extended twin-engine operations [ETOPS].
If you are flying a twin-engine aircraft and there is a single engine
failure, it is considered an emergency and the aircraft must immedi-
ately divert to the nearest diversion airport and land there. If you are
flying a three-engine aircraft and there is a single-engine failure, it is
considered an ‘abnormal event’ and the aircraft is permitted to keep
flying to its original destination...Some business jet owners like the
three-engine configuration because they know that in the event of a
single-engine failure, so the aircraft still has two engines operating.”
The aircraft also comes with FalconDirect — an innovative system
that provides seamless on-board connectivity so passengers are
always in touch.
◀ The large-cabin 8X’s inherent beauty and sophistication lies in
the fact it can fly fast, high and very efficiently thanks to its ground-
breaking technology and super sleek aerodynamic design.
▶ The interior of the 8X can seat up to 16 passengers.
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