The European Aviation Safety Agency has certificated Dassault’s Falcon 8X business jet.
The French manufacturer says it will begin deliveries of the new $58 million tri-jet on schedule in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Launched in early 2014, the Falcon 8X is a one meter stretch of the 300+ selling Falcon 7X.
As well as a stretched fuselage, the Falcon 8X has strengthened wings that allow it to carry more fuel than the 7X, upping the aircraft range to 6,450nm.
“Not only have we developed a Falcon that perfectly meets the needs of our customers in terms of autonomy, comfort and versatility, but in addition we have done in record time and with a more reliable process equivalent without maturation” said Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
The company are currently building aircraft number 26 at its Bordeaux manufacturing facility, with 12 aircraft already undergoing interior outfitting at its US completion center.