Dassault flew a Falcon 7X from suburban New York’s Teterboro Airport to London City Airport on May 2, setting a speed record of 5 hr., 54 min.
Q: What's the fastest way to get from downtown New York to London's financial center?
A: On a Dassault Falcon 7X
There are 218 Falcon 7Xs in service, but surprisingly, few operators are aware that the 7X is currently the only aircraft that can fly non-stop from London City Airport to New York. Dassault set about changing that last week, and decided to set a speed record in the process.
On May 2, I was one of three passengers on board a Falcon 7X (reg F-HGHF, S/N 207) flying from New York’s Teterboro Airport to London City (the helo in the background filmed the Teterboro departure that you see in the video below).
Dassault Falcon’s chief test pilot Philippe Deleume and Falcon demo pilot Olivier Froment were at the controls.
The clock started at 12:04 UTC (08:04 at Teterboro) and stopped at 17:58 UTC (18:58 at London City), setting a new speed record of 5 hours and 54 minutes.
We cruised at FL290, flying at Mach 0.88. We burned a whopping 27,000lb of fuel on this flight, but the sole aim was to set a record.
To compare fuel burn, the previous day Business & Commercial Aviation’s Editor-In-Chief William Garvey flew on the same aircraft from London City Airport to Teterboro. That flight took 7 hours and 35 minutes, cruising at FL470, Mach .80. The fuel burn on that flight was 17,000lb.
Watch exclusive highlights of the record-setting flight here.