For the three main rivals in the large-cabin, long-range segment, 2017 has brought encouraging news from a programme perspective. After a near three-year hiatus caused by problems with its Safran Silvercrest engine, Dassault’s Falcon 5X made its first flight in July – with a preliminary version of the powerplant. At the same time, the French manufacturer reiterated that its latest type will be delivered by its new target in-service date of 2020. As the launch platform for an all-new Safran engine, the 5X was always going to be a guinea pig, although the impact on Dassault has been hard.
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