PICTURE: Dassault begins assembly of Falcon 6X

Dassault Aviation revealed today at NBAA that its new ultra-widebody Falcon 6X is set to enter initial assembly in Biarritz, France.

The 6X is scheduled for its first flight in 2021 and entry into service in 2022.

The front, main and rear fuselage sections of the first aircraft are now complete and assembly will begin in the next few days. The wing, currently being assembled in nearby Martignas, is due to be joined to the fuselage at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Mérignac facility early next year.

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“Everything has been proceeding according to plan,” says Dassault Aviation chief executive Eric Trappier. “The design was frozen earlier this year and the manufacturing process is well under way. Dassault Aviation and our global partners have the collaborative digital tools in place to continue to meet the benchmarks that were established when the programme was announced.”

Dassault is showing three aircraft at the outdoor static display – an ultra-long-range Falcon 8X, a Falcon 900LX and a Falcon 2000S. As part of the NBAA focus on sustainability, all three jets flew to Las Vegas using a blend of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) and conventional Jet-A1 fuel.

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