The Falcon 2000 celebrates 20 years in the air

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bordeaux-Mérignac: 20 years ago, on 4 March 1993, the Falcon 2000 made its maiden flight at Bordeaux-Mérignac, with Jean Pus and Guy Mitaux-Maurouard at the controls.

The Falcon 2000 is the world's first aircraft to have gone from computer-aided design to production without an intermediate physical mock-up, thus reducing costs accordingly. It is also the Company's first Design To Cost aircraft. The price is studied and determined in advance, with design and manufacturing then taking account of this criterion. Dassault Aviation wanted the operating costs of the Falcon 2000 to be 20% lower than other aircraft in the same category. This target was exceeded thanks to its excellent overall aerodynamic efficiency and the low specific consumption of the new CFE 738 engines and simplified maintenance operations.

The Falcon 2000 inherited the Falcon 900's fuselage diameter, wing design and some of its circuits and equipment, such as the landing gear. The Falcon 2000 can carry 8 passengers a distance of 5,555 km, at a speed of Mach 0.8.

The first customer delivery took place on 16 February 1995, since when 231 Falcon 2000s have been delivered, to which must be added the 256 examples of the EX, DX and LX versions.