The ultra-long-range Falcon 8X will be able to fly direct from Hong Kong to London, Johannesburg and Los Angeles. Or New York to Beijing, Moscow and Ushuaia, Argentina. Credit: Dassault Aviation
The 8X wings are mated at Dassault's Bordeaux-Merignac facility. Credit: Dassault Aviation
The wings are optimized with an increased lift/drag ratio, resulting in a weight reduction of 800 lb. Credit: Dassault Aviation
The 8X has the same overall wing area as the 7X (761 sq. ft.), which means wings for both can be manufactured on the same jigs at Dassault's Martignas facility in southwestern France. Credit: Dassault Aviation
Dassault has eight jigs shared by the 8X and 7X at Martignas. Production rates are adjusted according to demand. Credit: Dassault Aviation
The 8X cabin has been stretched to 42.6 ft., 3.5 ft. longer than the 7X. Credit: Dassault Aviation
Three 8X aircraft will be used in the flight-test campaign. The second production 8X is nearing completion in Merignac. Ground runs on the first aircraft are expected to commence in early November. Credit: Dassault Aviation
First flight is expected in the first quarter of 2015, with certification in mid-2016 and first deliveries in the second half of 2016. Credit: Dassault Aviation
During the flight-test campaign, the test aircraft will accumulate 550 flight hours in 200 flights over 14 months. Credit: Dassault Aviation
Dassault's new Falcon 8X will have a range of 6,450 nm, the longest among the Falcon family of jets.
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