Dassault is to roll-out its new Falcon 6X on 8 December, marking a key milestone for the ultra-wide-cabin business jet.

Ground tests of the first pre-production aircraft are ongoing at the airframer’s Bordeaux-Merignac final assembly site, in line with a first flight scheduled for early 2021.

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First flight is scheduled for early 2021

“The roll-out of the Falcon 6X is coming soon…very soon,” says Dassault. “The event will take place on 8 December, thanks to the hard work of the development team, which has steadily moved forward over the summer.”

A second flight-test aircraft is also complete, with the third example recently having its wing and fuselage mated.

The latter aircraft will also be fitted with a full cabin interior to evaluate systems functionality, acoustics, airflow, comfort and other factors. “Interior furnishings, environmental systems, electronics and other equipment are currently being tested in a ground-test rig prior to installation on the aircraft,” says the airframer.

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Source: Dassault Aviation

Twinjet is powered by PW812D engines

Trials of the twinjet’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D engines are also continuing. An initial flight-test campaign was completed earlier this year aboard a Boeing 747 flying testbed, with a second series of flights trials now ongoing.

So far, the engine has logged 200 flight hours and more than 1,600h of ground tests.

Launched in February 2018, the 5,500nm (10,200km)-range Falcon 6X is due to enter service in 2022. It replaces the Falcon 5X which was cancelled in December 2017 due to persistent delays to its Safran Silvercrest engines.

A cutaway drawing and technical description of the Falcon 6X will be published shortly by FlightGlobal.