28 OCTOBER 2013
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France's Dassault Aviation has unveiled its new twin-engined 16-passenger business jet, the Falcon 5X, which will cost US$45m and is scheduled to make its maiden flight in the first quarter of 2015. It will compete with the outstanding Gulfstream G650, already in service, costing US$65, with more range, faster, but a slightly smaller cross section cabin.
The company said that the jet has a cabin height of 1.98 metres (six feet, six inches), and has the ability to fly from Los Angeles to London non-stop. Other typical journeys include Moscow to New York and Beijing to Paris. Up to 16 passengers can be carried.
Dassault is still controlled by the family of the same name although EADS now has 46% of the equity. There are nearly 2,000 Falcon executive jets in service around the world. The company also makes the Rafale fighter. www.dassaultfalcon.com
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