A Penthouse In The Sky: Dassault Launches The Falcon 10X

Since we’ve already covered the private-jet versions of some larger commercial aircraft, let’s look at something a little smaller: The brand new Dassault Falcon 10X. Announced on May 6th, the jet will feature the largest cabin in the industry when it comes to business jets.

The Dassault Falcon 10X is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engines. Photo: Dassault

The largest cabin in its class

“Today we are introducing a new benchmark in business aviation,” said Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. The Falcon 10X is set to offer “an unrivaled passenger experience over both short- and long-duration flights” while also “establishing a new level of capability for ultra-long-range aircraft.”

This 10X cabin measures 45.43 square meters – having a width of 2.77 meters and a length of 16.4 meters. For those on the taller side, the cabin is 6-feet, 8-inches (2.03 meters) – allowing most people to stand completely upright.

With this space, the jet is expected to be able to fly eight passengers and four crew members a distance of 7,500NM (13,900km) at a speed of Mach .85. Its maximum speed, however, is Mach .925.

With corporate travel in mind, the jet will be able to connect major international business destinations nonstop. Examples include:

  • New York to Shanghai
  • New York to Dubai
  • Hong Kong to New York
  • Los Angeles to Sydney
  • Los Angeles to Moscow
  • Paris to Santiago

Comparing the jet with the most recent corporate jet we’ve covered, the 10X’s floor space is about 60% of the Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty. Thus, while the ACJ TwoTwenty might carry 18 passengers, the 10X’s typical capacity is expected to be less than half of that. However, while smaller, the Falcon 10X has an additional range of 1,850NM (3,436km).

The cabin area measures 45.43 square meters. Photo: Dassault

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Cabin modularity

When it comes to private jets, customization is key. Thus, every 10X could be different, depending on customer demands. However, Dassault notes that the 10X is large enough to accommodate four cabin zones of equal length.

Possibilities include:

  • An expanded dining/conference area
  • A dedicated entertainment area with a large-screen monitor
  • A private stateroom with a queen-size bed
  • An enlarged master suite with a private stand-up shower.
The cabin is completely customizable but is large enough to accommodate a queen-size bed. Photo: Dassault

Built on a military heritage

Dassault Aviation doesn’t just produce business jets. The French company also makes fighter jets, such as the Rafale and Mirage. It’s with this military background that Dassault has mastered carbon fiber wing technology, which will comprise the wings of the Falcon 10X.

Dassault Aviaiton also makes the Rafale fighter jet. Photo: Dassault

These wings have been “optimized to provide the best high-speed performance (thanks to high sweep angle and reduced thickness), especially for very high Mach numbers.” At the same time, these wings will keep traditional Falcon elements, such as efficient moveable slats. This will ensure optimal performance and safety margins at low speed.

In fact, the aircraft’s low-speed lift/drag ratio has been greatly improved and is the result of a very high aspect ratio wing and dedicated flap architecture.

What do you think of this new large private jet? Let us know in the comments.