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OPINION: Why Dassault's wide-cabin 5X will succeed

The industry got its first glimpse of the all-new and eagerly-anticipated Falcon 5X at a dedicated roll-out ceremony on 2 June.

Dassault’s first clean-sheet design for more than a decade is a triumph. So too is its strategy to make this impressive wide-cabin business jet the benchmark for a family of new-generation Falcons.

With a cabin 2.58m (8.5ft) wide and 1.98m high, the 5X has the largest internal cross section of any traditional business jet on the market today – greater than its sector rivals the Bombardier Global 5000, Gulfstream G450 and in-development G500.

It is bigger even than the G650 and the developmental Global 7000 and 8000 – all positioned at the top end of the ultra-long-range sector where Dassault will eventually stake a claim.

In an industry where passenger comfort and personal space are the holy grail, the 5X and its subsequent wide-cabin stablemates will provide a compelling option for discerning business jet customers, who today are demanding the same levels of comfort and innovation in their aircraft as they have in their homes.

The 5X is blazing a trail in the $40 million to $50 million large-cabin market. In a sector dominated – for the time being at least – by derivatives of designs that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s, the success of this modern, fresh and innovative aircraft is guaranteed.

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