The accompanying Comparison Profile illustrates that the Falcon 2000S, priced at $27.1 million without HGS, EVS and SVS, fits into a new and higher niche in the super-midsize jet market. While it's 6% more expensive than the composite average, it has superior payload with full tanks, more unrefueled range because of its high maximum landing weight and outstanding runway performance. Its light empty weight makes it a strong short-range competitor as shown by its superior runway performance and fuel economy on BCA's 1,000-nm mission.

Its most significant shortcoming is fuel efficiency at its Mach 0.84 high-speed cruise. However, if you slow down to Mach 0.82, drag drops rapidly and fuel efficiency rivals much smaller aircraft. The large-cabin Falcon 2000S's direct operating costs should be close to those of the Gulfstream G280 and Bombardier Challenger 300/350.

The aircraft also has many assets that are not shown by the bar graph, including overall cabin volume and baggage capacity, and floor width. It offers large-cabin head and shoulder room for seated passengers. It's the only aircraft in its price range to offer a four-seat conference grouping with two additional facing chairs on the opposite side of the cabin.

Orders for large-cabin aircraft are resurging at a time when orders for smaller aircraft remain lackluster. With the 2000S, Dassault is betting it can attract a big chunk of customers lusting for a large cabin but buying with super-midsize budgets. The Falcon 2000S now gives the firm a way to field a large-cabin aircraft in the super-midsize class, offering more cabin comfort, better field performance and higher tanks-full payload.

However, it's tempting to load up the aircraft with popular options and boost its purchase price by $1 million or more. At $28 million to $29 million, the Falcon 2000S is priced well above other super-midsize jets. It's more like a Château Dassault St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé and less like a Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois.

But Dassault points out that the Falcon 2000S isn't a faux Falcon, a cheapened version of a Falcon 2000LXS. Rather, it's a fully fledged member of the Falcon family. Now, it's up to the market to decide if the Falcon 2000S is in a class of its own.

Dassault Falcon 2000S Performance

These graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of the Dassault Falcon 2000S under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions. Dassault Falcon Jet sales engineer Alexandre Gregoire provided the data for the Range/Payload Profile. Data for the specific range chart were extracted from the Dassault Falcon 2000S Performance Manual. Do not use these data for flight planning purposes because they do not take into account ATC delays, and less than optimum routings and altitudes, along with other factors that can alter actual aircraft performance.

To watch our video pilot report of the Falcon 2000S, tap here in the digital edition of BCA, or go to AviationWeek.com/video

Dassault Falcon 2000S Specifications
BCA Equipped Price $27,000,000
Characteristics
Wing Loading 77.7
Power Loading 2.93
Noise (EPNdB) 78.0/92.0/90.5
Seating 2+10/19
Dimensions (ft./m)
External See three-view
Internal
Length 26.3/8.0
Height 6.2/1.9
Width (Maximum) 7.7/2.3
Width (Floor) 6.3/1.9
Thrust
Engine 2 PWC PW308C
Output/Flat Rating OAT°C 6,998 lb. ea./ISA+15C
TBO 7,000 hr.
Weights (lb./kg)
Max Ramp 41,200/18,688
Max Takeoff 41,000/18,597
Max Landing 39,300/17,826
Zero Fuel 29,700/13,472c
BOW 25,000/11,340
Max Payload 4,700/2,132
Useful Load 16,200/7,348
Executive Payload 2,000/907
Max Fuel 14,600/6,622
Payload With Max Fuel 1,600/726
Fuel With Max Payload 11,500/5,216
Fuel With Executive Payload 14,200/6,441
Limits
Mmo 0.862
FL/Vmo FL 250/370
PSI 9.3
Climb
Time to FL 370 14 min.
FAR Part 25 OEI Rate (fpm/mpm) 535/163
FAR Part 25 OEI Gradient (ft./nm) 261/42
Ceilings (ft./m)
Certificated 47,000/14,326
All-Engine Service 43,700/13,320
Engine-Out Service 26,150/7,971
Sea Level Cabin 25,300/7,712
Certification FAR 25 / EASA CS 25