Falcon 8X Performance, Specifications and Comparisons

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Falcon 8X

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Falcon 8X Exterior

Performance

The Falcon 8X Large Jet is manufactured by Dassault between 2016 and . The cabin measures 42.67 feet long by 7.67 feet wide by 6.16 feet tall giving it a total cabin volume of 2038.5 cubic feet making it comfortable for 12 passengers, with the maximum configuration seating 12. The baggage compartment can hold up to 18.7 bags assuming your average piece of luggage is less than 5 cubic feet. The Falcon 8X has a maximum range (not including headwinds, high altitude, hot temperatures, or higher capacity) of 7440 miles and a maximum speed of 547 mph. Common names and abbreviations: Falcon 8X, Falcon 8X, Dassault Falcon 8X.
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Specifications

  • Category: Large Jet
  • Cabin Volume: 2038.5 cubic feet
  • Baggage Volume: 131 cubic feet
  • Max Speed: 547 mph
  • Range: 7440 miles
  • Fuel Burn: 364 gph
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Falcon 8X Interior

History

Introduction

French aerospace giant Dassault Aviation SA is no stranger to the world of high stakes and high performance jet aircraft, having designed the infamous Mirage family of jet fighters, including the vicious Mirage F1, the classic Mirage III, and myriad other aircraft in the lineage. But a long history in support of national defense is far from the whole portfolio for Dassault; far from it. Dassault has long been a builder of world-class luxury jets and the Falcon 8X is the crème de la crème.

Characteristics and Amenities

The Falcon 8X falls under the category of a Large Cabin Heavy Jets, which includes prolific company to include the Gulfstream 450/IV, Gulfstream 550/V, Bombardier Challenger 800-series.

The Falcon 8X uses a Falcon 7X fuselage which has been stretched a little over three feet, allowing fuel capacity to be increased over 3,000lbs to a total fuel load of just shy of 35,000lbs, providing a maximum range of 6,450nm in standard configuration.

So where does 6,500nm get you? Let’s take a quick look at some of the possibilities: Dallas/Fort Worth to Honolulu: 3,779nm. Barely over half a tank! Orlando to Paris: 4,500nm. Still just a little over half. LAX to Tokyo: 5,477nm. Now we are getting a little closer, but still with about 1,000nm to spare.

It would be futile to express a Falcon as anything other than fully loaded, to use the automotive vernacular.

Specs

So, we already know that the Falcon 8X is a large cabin, ultra-long range business jet which is loaded to the gills. But how does it stack up to the competition? Let’s take a look.

Power Plants

Dassault chose the super-reliable, durable, and totally proven Pratt & Whitney 300-series of high bypass turbofan engines for the Falcon 7X and 8X. Specifically, the P&W 307D of which three are mounted to the empennage. At 6,722lbs of maximum thrust each, this amounts to a little over 20,000lbs of thrust with a max gross take-off weight of 73,000lbs.

Cruising

The Falcon 8X was not designed for regional travel; if that is what you are looking for, there are plenty of options on the market. No, the Falcon 8X was designed to fly out of relatively short runways (sub-5,000’) with about any density altitude.

Once off the deck, the three engines urge the Falcon along at Mach .90, with a phenomenal cruising altitude of FL510! According to Dassault, the 8X can take off from Eagle, Colorado (field elevation 6,547’) and fly direct to Geneva, Switzerland.

The Wrap-up

The Dassault Falcon 8X finds itself in exclusive company, with the likes of the Gulfstream G-V/G-500/G-550 family and the Bombardier Challengers and Global. It is fair to say that none of these are exactly miserly; it is not the nature of their mission. These jets are ultra-expensive and cater to a very select clientele base. The Falcon 8X offers excellent systems redundancy, good short-field performance, all of the amenities you could want, and operating costs which are over 30% lower than their competitors. If this is a category of aircraft which you are in the market to shop, don’t let the Falcon 8X fall off of your radar because it is a legitimate contender.

Falcon 8X Exterior

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