Dassault Falcon 7X: Buyer’s and Investor’s guide
Being able to perform transatlantic missions and land at restricted airfields makes the Falcon 7X an extremely capable aircraft. If you don’t need the extra range of aircraft like the G650ER – the 7X is one of the best options in the large jet market.
Ultra-long missions will require a fuel stop.
The Falcon 7X has the ability to fly 6846mi/11019km/5950nm – far enough to pair most major cities such as Paris and Tokyo, New York and Jeddah as well as London and Johannesburg. Although not the furthest range available in the market, it can easily manage the majority of missions the aircraft will be needed for.
A maximum speed of 690mph/1111kph/Mach 0.9 allows passengers to reach their destination quickly. The 7X set the speed record in 2014 between Teterboro and London City (3,465 miles) – flying the route in just 5 hours 54 minutes (with three passengers on board).
Large jets are usually restricted as to where they can land due to their size and to the speed needed for approach. Due to the three-engine design of the 7X, the approach speed is only 119mph/193kph – allowing the aircraft to land more quickly – enabling passengers to access a wider variety of smaller airfields compared to other large jets. This capability also makes the 7X the only aircraft with the range to fly from New York to London and land at London City. This makes the 7X a truly versatile aircraft.
Fuel burn is also reduced in the 7X, with Dassault claiming between 15%-30% lower fuel burn due to new winglets – significantly reducing operating costs.
To be expected, the cabin is a spacious and relaxing environment. Maximum headroom of 6ft 1in/1.88m and a width of 7ft 6in/2.34m provides passengers with an impressive amount of space.
The 7X cabin is split into three lounges that can be configured to seat up to 16 passengers. 28 large windows allow natural light to flood throughout the cabin – creating a more natural environment. Advanced acoustics reduce exterior noise in the cabin to 52 dB – further increasing passenger comfort.
Cabin features include adjustable seats, a stand-up lavatory, a full-length wardrobe, a full size galley as well as the option the fit either a second lavatory or a shower. In terms of technology, the 7X supports connectivity with portable media devices as well as providing a media server for music and videos.
A cabin pressure of just 4800ft alongside an air humidifier reduces the effect of jetlag whilst allowing passengers to stay refreshed.
Dassault provides over 40 years of pedigree alongside a military jet background – but more importantly to owners – a strongly established global maintenance network and a product warranty. New aircraft come with a 10-year primary structural airframe warranty, with standard components getting a five year warranty.
The brokers view:
“The Dassault Falcon 7X is a strong competitor in the market place due to performance such as fuel burn and maintenance (0.70 maintenance hours per flight hour compared to 1.53 for Gulfstream’s G550). This jet entered into service in June of 2007 and was the first business jet to incorporate digital flight control providing greater operational safety and a smoother flight. This was also the first Falcon to be equipped with winglets, which increases fuel efficiency over other planes in its class.” – Rene Banglesdorf, CEO, Charlie Bravo Aviation.
On the pre-owned market, a 7X can be purchased for $25 million – however slightly newer aircraft are priced closer to $35 million. Dassault also has a record of supporting pre-owned values – reducing the risk of depreciation.
Maximum range: 6846mi/11019km/5950nm
Maximum speed: 690mph/1111kph/Mach 0.9
Typical passengers: 12-16
Typical crew: 3
Competition: 8X, 5X, 900LX, Global 6000/7000, G500, G550, G650
List price for new aircraft: $53 million
Pre-owned price: $25-$35 million