2008-05-25 - Falcon 900LXDassault announces fuel efficient Falcon 900LX
Neuer Geschäftsreisejet mit Winglets<br /> Dassault announced the 900LX, the next member of the highly efficient family of Falcon business jets. The Falcon 900LX will be built on the same platform as the Falcon 900EX EASy but will feature winglets and an extended range to 4,800 nautical miles.
Certification is expected in the first half of 2010. It will be available for deliveries starting mid 2010 and will start to replace the Falcon 900EX on the production line.
"The 900LX will make one of the most popular Falcon series much more capable, economical and environmentally responsible to operate an issue that means more today than ever before," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "Our customers have been telling us that efficiency is becoming a bigger part of the decision making process when acquiring a business jet. The 900LX will be the most efficient airplane in its class even more so." Following initial flight testing, the Falcon 900LX's improved wing aerodynamics demonstrated a reduction in drag by as much as 7%, offering corresponding range and efficiency improvements over the Falcon 900EX. Climb performance will be also improved by 10% allowing the airplane to reach FL390 in just 20 minutes. The 900LX will feature 55-70% better efficiency than other airplanes in its class. Stronger wing reinforcements due to higher wing loading are necessary to accommodate the winglets which were originally designed by Aviation Partners (API) for the Falcon 2000EX program. Some systems' changes are necessary as well to accommodate the new configuration.