Posted on March 11th, 2013
Dassault Falcon celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Falcon 2000 last week at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013. The first flight of the large-cabin Falcon twinjet took place in March 1993 in Bordeaux-Merignac, France. Since the twinjet’s accreditation, Dassault has delivered almost 500 Falcon 2000s worldwide and the international fleet has attained close to two million flying hours, making it one of the globe’s most extensively flown business jets in operation. “The Falcon 2000 household of business jets has actually been a long-lasting success due to its cabin features, remarkable fuel efficiency and high retained worth,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon. According to Dassault, the original Falcon 2000 was the first business jet to be created installing a completely digital mockup, with the Dassault design group replying to Falcon operator needs of the time to help specify the aircraft’s initial performance, coast-to-coast range and operating costs. Since the initial design, there have been 6 versions of the Falcon 2000, including the 4,000-nm Falcon 2000LXS presented at the NBAA Convention in October. The 2000LXS, which will have inboard slats, an upgraded engine, EASy II air travel deck and FalconCabin HD+, is will enter operations next year.