Dassault Aviation’s new flagship, the Falcon 8X, is featuring at this year’s Singapore Airshow. It is the first appearance of the ultra-long-range Falcon 8X, for which Dassault Aviation recently bagged a deal with an undisclosed Indonesian customer.
Jean-Michel Jacob, president, of Dassault Falcon Asia Pacific said the deal was made in 2017, making the type’s first entry into Southeast Asia’s largest business jet market.
Currently, over 90 Falcons are based in the Asia Pacific region, half of them late generation models. The fleet includes all current production Falcons — the Falcon 8X, 7X, 900LX, 2000LXS and 2000S — as well as legacy models.
The Singapore Airshow will also feature Dassault’s new Falcon Immersive Practical Training module, which uses 3D virtual reality technology to facilitate maintenance training for engineers and technicians. The module is intended as a complement for those undertaking certified practical training for Falcon business jets at the Dassault training center.
The 8X will be presented alongside a Falcon 2000LXS twinjet. All Falcons, and in particular late generation models like the Falcon 8X and 2000LXS, draw on Dassault’s extensive experience with combat aircraft – a heritage unique among business jet manufacturers. Falcons and fighters are designed by the same engineering teams and built on the same production lines to the same exacting quality standards.
Last year, the company opened an expanded customer service office in Beijing and approved Hawker Pacific facility in Malaysia as an Authorized Service Center for Falcon 8X, 7X, Falcon 2000EX EASy and Falcon 900EX EASy series aircraft.
The Kuala Lumpur facility complements Falcon service centers in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and Sydney. Dassault also set up an onsite flight dispatcher training and jump seat support program in China and added to spares inventory in China and Singapore.