Dassault Falcon 900DX: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide
Dassault launched the Falcon 900DX – considered to be replacement for the earlier Falcon 900C – at the annual EBACE business aviation exhibition in 2004. The aircraft first flew in May 2005 and received certification in October 2005. Production has since been halted, so that Dassault can concentrate their production on four air
craft models, 7X, 900LX, 2000LX and 2000S.
The Falcon 900DX is a variant of the Falcon 900EX and with its three engines, it shares the unique look that all Falcon 900s have.
The aircraft can seat 19 passengers in a high density configuration but eight passengers is a more typical number. The Falcon 900DX has a passenger cabin that is 33’2″ inches in length, 7’8″ inches wide and 6’2″ inches high. With the typical passenger load it is a very spacious and comfortable cabin, with a full-service galley allowing hot meals to be served.
The Falcon 900DX is powered by three Honeywell TFE731-60 turbofan engines, giving 5,000 lbs of thrust at take-off. The aircraft can fly at a maximum cruise speed of 495 miles per hour carrying eight passengers and two crew members over a distance of 4,100 nautical miles, making a non-stop flight such as Paris to Chicago a possibility. It has a certified service ceiling of 51,000 feet, so can fly much higher than most airliner traffic.
The broker’s view
“The Dassault Falcon 900DX consumes 30% less fuel than its competition and features a forward lavatory configuration.”
— Rene Banglesdorf, CEO, Charlie Bravo Aviation
Range: 4,721 miles/7,593 kms/4,100 nautical miles
Typical passengers: 8 (typical) – 19 (high density)
Typical crew: 2
Cabin space: 1,264 ft3 / 35.80 m3
Maximum Speed: 495 mph/796 kmph/mach 0.75
Competitor aircraft: Challenger 850ER, Global Express XRS, Global 5000, Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 7X, Gulfstream G500, G550, G650
How much does a Falcon 900DX cost? $38m
Hourly operating cost: $6,500
First delivery: 2005
World fleet: 25 (as at April 2012). Production completed
Fractional operators include: N/A
Aircraft manufacturer: Dassault
Engine manufacturer: Honeywell
Engine type (number): TFE731-60 (3)