March 14, 2013
Credit: Dassault Aviation
Dassault is prepping the next two members of its Falcon 2000 family – the S and LXS – for initial deliveries after both received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification this week.
The March 11 certification puts the 2000LXS ahead of schedule. It was originally anticipated to enter the market in 2014, but Dassault now expects the aircraft to enter service in the second half of this year.
The 2000S, meanwhile, is slated for first deliveries in the second quarter.
Dassault unveiled the Falcon 2000S during the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition as a successor to the Falcon 2000DX. The aircraft is positioned against super midsize aircraft including Bombardier’s Challenger 300 and Gulfstream’s G280. The aircraft can fly six passengers 3,350 nm while cruising at Mach 0.8.
After 18 months into the flight test program, Dassault announced in December that the aircraft had exceeded its target performance specifications, leading to a reduction from a 2,600-ft. landing distance to 2,315 ft. The approach speed was reduced to 107 kt. and the balanced field length to 4,325 ft.
The 2000S is fitted with high-Mach blended winglets and a new generation PW308C engine with lower emissions. The 2000S will also sport a new BMW Group DesignworksUSA interior and a redesigned cockpit with the EASy II flight deck.
Introduced just last fall during the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and convention, the 2000LXS combines elements of the 2000LX and the S. The LXS has the 4,000-nm range of the LX, but will weigh 300 lb. less. The aircraft has a 2,190-lb. payload, a maximum takeoff weight of 42,800 lb. and a balanced field length of 4,675 ft.
It is equipped with the 2000S’s full-span slats and high-lift system and incorporates a new interior acoustical insulation package that will make the aircraft quieter. The LXS also incorporates the EASy II flight deck and PW308C turbofans.