Dassault to highlight Falcon 7X at African show


the 250th Dassault Falcon 7X rolled out from production line at Bordeaux, France

Dassault says there is a high demand for business aviation from African mining, oil and gas industries.

Dassault Aviation will highlight the Falcon 7X at the Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo (AAD) in Gauteng, South Africa from 17-21 September.

Dassault also expects the new Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X business jets to drive more orders from aircraft orders from African cutomers.

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Gilles Gautier, vice president, Falcon sales for Dassault Aviation, says: “Sub-Saharan Africa is an area of fast growth and industries such as mining, oil and gas and agriculture are booming which provides expanding demand for business aviation.”

“Falcons, with their exceptional short field and hot-and-high performance and low operating economics, are ideal for the tough conditions and vast expanses of this market,” Gautier added.

The company believes that all in-production Falcons have an advantage over other business jets, as all Falcons are able to operate from short challenging airfields and use restricted airports like London City.

Dassault recently celebrated the roll-out of the 250th 7X. The Falcon 7X is currently being certified to operate at Daocheng Yading airport in China’s Sichuan province, the world’s highest commercial airfield.

Earlier this year the airplane set a new Mach 0.88 cruise speed record between Teterboro, New Jersey, near New York, and London City.