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Dassault Announces Fuel Efficient Falcon 900LX

Dassault Aviation : 25 May, 2008  (Application Story)
"The 900LX will make one of the most popular Falcon series much more capable, economical and environmentally responsible to operate – an issue that means more today than ever before,’ said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon.
“Our customers have been telling us that efficiency is becoming a bigger part of the decision making process when acquiring a business jet. The 900LX will be the most efficient airplane in its class even more so.”

Following initial flight testing, the Falcon 900LX's improved wing aerodynamics demonstrated a reduction in drag by as much as 7%, offering corresponding range and efficiency improvements over the Falcon 900EX. Climb performance will be also improved by 10% allowing the airplane to reach FL390 in just 20 minutes. The 900LX will feature 55-70% better efficiency than other airplanes in its class.

Stronger wing reinforcements due to higher wing loading are necessary to accommodate the winglets which were originally designed by Aviation Partners (API) for the Falcon 2000EX program. Some systems' changes are necessary as well to accommodate the new configuration.

Dassault Falcon and API's intent is to propose a retrofit program for in-service Falcon 900 operators.

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