A cabin mockup of Dassault’s in-development Falcon 6X business jet is debuting here at EBACE 2019, where the manufacturer also has three aircraft on the static display.

In 2018, visitors could see the cabin interior in virtual reality. This year, they will be able to enter the mock-up, which is fully representative of the features and comfort of the actual cabin, the manufacturer says. The mockup was shown for the first time at the NBAA convention and exhibition in Florida this past October.

The Falcon 6X twinjet will feature one of the widest cabins in business aviation, at 102 in. (on a par with the Gulfstream G650), and the tallest, at 6 ft. 6 in. Three standard floor plans are offered, accommodating as many as 14 passengers. Air conditioning is zoned into cockpit, galley, forward and aft cabin. Equivalent altitude is 3,900 ft. at FL 410, falling to a still comfortable 6,000 ft. at FL 510.

Dassault is projecting cabin sound levels to be 49 dB, as low as the current-production Falcon 8X.

On EBACE’s Static 103 display are the Falcon 900LX and Falcon 8X trijets and the Falcon 2000S twin.

Dassault CEO Eric Trappier was a year ago seeing the beginning of a market recovery. Since, however, “things have not gone as fast as we would like to,” he says, blaming geopolitical uncertainties.

Falcon deliveries hit a record low in 2018, at 41. Trappier expects 45 deliveries of his company’s business jets – all in the large-cabin category – this year.

In orders, 42 Falcons were sold last year, up from 38 the year before. As of December 31, the backlog stood at 53 Falcons. All remaining Falcon 5X orders (the program was terminated late in 2017) have been cleared from the order book.

Dassault is highlighting its expanding maintenance network, as it early this year announced the takeover of Execujet’s worldwide maintenance activities (from Luxaviation), as well as TAG Aviation’s European maintenance activities.

Meanwhile, Dassault is using EBACE to beat the drum about its Rafale fighter, which is a candidate for the Swiss Air Force’s combat fleet renewal program. A mockup of the nEUROn stealth combat UAV demonstrator is on the exhibit, as partners include Switzerland’s Ruag. The Swiss Air Force is to evaluate the Rafale in flight this week in Payerne.