Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 10X private jet won’t take to the skies until 2025, but that hasn’t stopped the uber-rich from putting down their name – and their money – for the $75m aircraft, nor have the awards stopped rolling in for this sleek showstopper.
The latest trophy for the Falcon 10X is a coveted Red Dot award of distinction for interior design, and it’s easy to see why.
In this fresh on-trend treatment for the clean-sheet jet, Dassault has made the most of the company’s French heritage and the 10X’s over-sized cabin, the largest in its class.
“Dassault Aviation stands apart in its ability to blend high technology with cabin aesthetics and the inventive use of modern design,” says Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier.
“The objective is to raise the bar in terms of passenger experience, which is what you will see in the 10X.”
The well-heeled will enjoy unparalleled comfort as they’re whisked around the globe, with the Falcon 10X’s 7,500nm range enabling non-stop flights such as Sydney to Los Angeles or New York to Hong Kong.
And it’s no slouch, slicing through the stratosphere at up to Mach 0.925 – about the same clip as a thundering Airbus A380 superjumbo – although the slightly more leisurely cruising velocity of Mach 0.85 still tips past 1000km/h.
But with an effective cabin altitude of just 3,000 feet coupled with increased humidity levels, the worst effects of jet lag will be left behind.
And did we mention how large the cabin is?
At just over 2 metres in height and 2.7m wide, there’s plenty of room to stretch out – or to deck out your high-flying home above the clouds just the way you want it, including a private cinema and master suite with up to a full-size queen bed and ensuite shower.
Running the full length of the cabin are more windows to let in more light and capitalise on the views.
It’s not only the passengers who are spoilt. Pilots will find the Falcon 10X’s cockpit borrows heavily from Dassault’s high-tech experience with military jets, including mod cons such as digital flight control, touchscreens, two heads-up displays and a single ‘Smart Throttle’ to drive both of the high-thrust Rolls Royce Pearl 10X engines.
One of the pilot’s seats can even recline into a fully flat bed to make the most of any rest period, while the carbon-fibre composite wings will provide a smoother ride for everyone.
Dassault expects to hand over the keys to the first Falcon 10X in 2025.