Dassault's Falcon 8X has secured approval to operate into London City airport, the final in-production Falcon to be granted permission to fly into the site.
London City, because of its location near the UK capital's financial district and residential areas, has highly restrictive steep-approach and noise abatement regulations.
Dassault chief executive Eric Trappier says the ability to fly in and out of London City, and other hard-to-reach airports such as Lugano-Agno and Sion in Switzerland, gives its customers flexibility and “significant” operating benefits.
“Airport performance is among the top design priorities for every Falcon that Dassault has produced,” he says.
The in-production 7X, 2000S/LXS, and 900LX all have steep approach approval for London City, as do the earlier versions of the 900- and 2000-series. However, the 8X – which entered service in October 2016 – is the only Falcon that can fly non-stop to the airport from Hong Kong or Los Angeles.