PARIS Oct 22 France's Dassault Aviation
unveiled its new 16-passenger business jet, the Falcon
5X, which will cost $45 million and take its first flight in the
first quarter of 2015.
The company said the jet has a cabin height of six feet, six
inches (1.98 m), and a range of 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km),
allowing it to complete long-haul flights such as Los Angeles to
Dassault, which also makes Rafale fighter jets, also touted
technical innovation in the Falcon 5X, such as the digital
flight control system and enhanced vision provided by infrared
sensors to display terrain in total darkness.
The aircraft will be powered by Silvercrest engines made by
Snecma, a French engine maker, which are 15 percent more fuel
efficient than older models in their class.
In a separate statement, Zodiac Aerospace said it
would supply the electrical distribution systems for the Falcon
5X, as well as lighting, oxygen for pilot and passengers, among
(Reporting by Leila Abboud)